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Space contest for 14-18 year-olds - nearly $200,000 to spend. Answered

If you are aged 14-18, and interested in satellite technology, there is a competition for you - design an experiment to be flown on a real satellite.

Entries chosen will get a budget of £100,000 for development of their project.

Relevant links:

http://www.spaceexperiment.info/
http://www.sstl.co.uk/ (this site also has job vacancies for working on designing, building and testing satellites)
http://www.bnsc.gov.uk/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7139356.stm

Don't forget to make an Instructable of your entry (and winning projects?).

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

13 years ago

*jaw drops and salivation begins* OMFSM! Kiteman, you need a baby sitter? I'm emigrating! ( begins to hum "American Idiot" and runs off to plan his escape)...

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Haha! (Measures up shed floor for spare bed)

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 13 years ago

Dang it! I got a fake ID offa the local rouge, apparently "Clark Kent" is on the "no fly" list :P ... Must think of another good fake name....

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 13 years ago

OMFSM! Clark Picard is on the no fly list as well?!?! This is getting insane, soon the airport people are just going to have me dragged away the second I enter the building....

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Goodhart
Goodhart

13 years ago

Always with the age discriminations *sigh*, I never saw things / opportunities like this when I was a young pip; but then, I we didn't even have PC's back then....oh well. I wonder if they have ever tested for the range of radio frequencies that will "reflect" off the atmosphere given the right angles; and whether or not this has any effect on the number of radio transmissions (created mostly by stars) that we receive?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Wouldn't that take two satellites, in slightly different orbits?

Maybe it could be done with this experiment, though - sacrifice part of the device to shoot out of the main satellite into a slightly slower orbit and ping a range of radio frequencies in a rapid sequence - the remaining part of the device detects the signal plus any echo.

It should also be able to check for refraction of signals as the increased distance between broadcaster and receiver puts some atmosphere between the two.

Actually, that could be quite an important experiment, because it could also test what the accumulation of space debris is doing to inter-satellite communications.

Hey, ll.13 ....

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Oh, I didn't look at the restrictions, sorry about that (what ? I assumed something without reading the entire thing, nah can't be LOL bad habit of mine sometimes). It was something that kind of just popped into my head as something that might be useful to know. :-)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

13 years ago

I know there are some younger British members. Come on, ll13, "Scottish" counts as British.

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ll.13
ll.13

Reply 13 years ago

hello? I am british, or maybe more understandable, a sassenach. =P

If anyone of you (americaniis) is interested, you could always do collab. =)

Or I have a better idea, why not brainstorm it with all Instructablers, and then a "british student" presents it? (and it can fly with a robot sticker inside. :) )

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

That sounds good - I nominate you. (I am slightly too old)

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ll.13
ll.13

Reply 13 years ago

Just give me your ideas. :) (I can be your/Instructables publisher)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Have a look at Goodhart's reflection idea.

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ry25920
ry25920

13 years ago

does it honestly matter what country we come from? Im still interested in joining but im from Georgia,USA

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

I think it's supposed to be a British competition, but why not contact the organisers (see the links in the OP) and ask them?

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LinuxH4x0r
LinuxH4x0r

13 years ago

Nope, i'm in america (santa fe, NM).

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Bran
Bran

13 years ago

Gosh, me and my American-ness..... I have a British heritage, does that count?

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zachninme
zachninme

13 years ago

Damn you and your ukianess! I'd enter, but I'm not ukian ;-)

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joejoerowley
joejoerowley

13 years ago

Man, I wish I had the time! I would love to give it a try and I just meet the age requirements.