Elon Musk Profiled

“Bloomberg Risk Takers” profiles Elon Musk, the entrepreneur who helped create PayPal, built America’s first viable fully electric car company, started the USA’s biggest solar energy supplier, and through SpaceX may make commercial space travel a reality in our lifetime.

Watch Elon Musk Profiled: Bloomberg Risk Takers

SpaceX http://www.spacex.com/

BBC Interview – Elon Musk and Mars

On BBC Radio 4 Elon Musk of SpaceX speaks about his plans for flights to Mars.

As well as Mars Elon talks about the Falcon 9-Heavy vehicle. This rocket will be substantially bigger than the simple variant due to fly next month, and should be capable of putting more than 53 tonnes (117,000lb) of payload in a low-Earth orbit – more than twice that of the space shuttle.

Elon Musk believes the Falcon Heavy will be transformative because it will substantially reduce the cost of carrying a given mass into space – breaking the barrier of $1,000 per pound (0.45 kg) lifted.

Elon Musk is interviewed in the BBC Radio 4 show ‘Scotts Legacy Part 2’ which can be heard at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01dhrmj

It is understood there could be some issues with people overseas listening to or watching BBC shows. The use of a Proxy Server or software such as Expat Shield may be a way around this.

BBC News – Mars for the ‘average person’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17439490

CUSat-1/2 to launch on SpaceX

CUSat-1/2

The IARU amateur satellite frequency coordination panel have agreed frequencies for CUSat-1/2, planned to launch on a SpaceX mission in the last quarter of 2012.

CUSat-1/2 is a 45kg satellite that will split into two parts sometime after separation from the launcher. Image and positioning data will be downlinked using 9k6 AX25 packet on 70cm from a 2 watt transmitter. Cross linking between the two parts will also take place on 70cm.

The coordinated frequencies are:
– CUSat-1   437.405 MHz
– CUSat-2   437.485 MHz
– Cross link 437.305 MHz

Using centimeter accuracy carrier-phase differential GPS, the two satellites will perform autonomous relative navigation. One satellite will capture imagery of the other satellite and send these images to a ground station on Earth for the reconstruction of a 3-D model of the partner satellite. The images will also act to verify the relative GPS implementation. Doing so will demonstrate how one spacecraft can diagnose the structural health and configuration of another.

CUSat http://cusat.cornell.edu/