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Lundi, 07 Novembre 2011 19:30

Space Sketches For the Curious and Senile

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Space Sketches For the Curious and Senile

We claim this to run an open sourced space project without any organizational profit and this is true. It literally means that people are shown in blogs like this or at our website what we do and how we do it. If you happen to show up at our door step you are welcome to bring a camera and a measuring tape. Knock yourself out and please go home and do your own rocket.

It rarely happens mostly because we hijack any visitors and include them in the process.

Since Peter Madsen and I started the project in 2008 we have added about 30 brilliant guys related to all areas of the project who work very hard and dedicated besides their jobs to build rockets, launch platforms and space capsules. I really want to introduce the crew in future blog posts.

We are blessed by being contacted by a lot of people from all over the world, mostly by e-mails, who want to receive more details about our work or start collaborations. “Please send us blue prints” many ask. We often have to deny the request because we don’t really have any. We use CAD-software to create files for laser cutting and for illustrations but in total I guess its about 1% of the overall production drawings which is CAD. The rest are made on white boards, existing only for hours, in sketchbooks or on the walls of our facility called HAB (Horizontal Assembly Bay).

Because there are no real files to feed the curiosity of people I decided to scan all my sketchbooks and release them on the net for browsing. They show the development process for the spacecraft Tycho Brahe-1, general considerations, thoughts and mission planning. It is a good way for interested Wired readers to glance back in time of a part of Copenhagen Suborbitals.

Sketchbook 1

Sketchbook 2

Sketchbook 3

My fourth sketchbook is already being packed heavily with more ideas and thoughts. It is an unmatched and unique tool to get your mind down on paper and quickly validate ideas without spending unnecessary time in front of the computer.

Also, I have to admit that notes like this actually makes me remember what crazy work I did months or years back. I’m hitting 40 soon and my 23andme DNA mapping has presented me with a good chance of Alzheimer’s disease. I really wanna make space rockets even when I am heavily senile. These books will help me do that.

Hopefully it will also satisfy curios readers about how things are done. Dig in, please.

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Kristian von Bengtson

Space Sketches For the Curious and SenileKristian von Bengtson is a space-architect, former contractor for NASA and co-founder of Copenhagen Suborbitals. He is only satisfied if a challenge is close to impossible.
Follow @KvonBengtson on Twitter.


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