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ON JANUARY 15, 2014 04:21 PM Metallurgy. No titanium-aluminium alloys yet.

Not much results for 3D printing. 3 type of alloys so far - the titanium-copper (under layer of a titanium powder - argon is not good for small type owen, and helium conducts heat) - tin-copper , and zinc-copper. Aluminum is not successful at all. Needs to find blocker of O2 and N2 started to be liquid at 500C and boiling point up to 1100C. Window's glass is one possiblity. Tin and zinc - other.

Post office started to deliver delayed by Christmas items from 3D printing factory . Irony - 3D printer waits 3D printed parts to be able to 3D print 3D priter itself - what kind of Christmas's delays will be expect in case of 3D printed internet?

ON JANUARY 20, 2014 05:52 PM Extruder, material for 3D printing, Gear for Ground station, etc.

Paste extruder finally showed up, material for 3D printing - copper-tin, copper-zinc, titanium-copper. gear for ground station and rover, vibration testing table.

ON JANUARY 27, 2014 10:40 PM Software, metallurgy, Antenna 2.4Ghz

Last week business. Redesigned antenna. Trajectory calculation capable to do distributed calculations. And re-fined vacuum chamber/ oven showed better performance.

Сводка за прошлую неделю ;-)

Теперь антенна будет плоская - несказанно рад - можно запихнуть в одну PCB, в то время как раньше она занимала минимум 8 х 8 х 96 мм. ПСБ упаковываются с двумя другими (отражателями будут) очень компактно. Развертка всей конструкции две пружины. Вся электроника должна уместиться на двух 3.5 х 2.5 дюйма - это значит при 20 часовой в неделе - 6 недель - 10 часов на прототип - 2 днф изготовление - 2 дня почта - 10 часов на проверку и пайку - и цикл повторяется - итого на третьем цикле - рабочая элктроника. Останется только промазать полиуриетаном (специальный и жутко дорогой). (Но софтвер еще не готов).

В выпечеке благодаря Виктору и Боре начали получаться постоянные результаты. Первое - печку надо чистить (нужен древестный уголь - только в русских магазинах можно купить - дуристика - в аптеках города нет - используют только в госпиталях - чтобы лечить наркоманов). Вторая причина - нужен температурный стабилизатор - что-то большое и железное, чтобы убрать гардиент температуры.

Перерисовал пакет с двумя двигателями - поместил на G+.

Переписал план полета.

И нужно закончить эту дурацкую веб-сайту - влез незнаю зачем - все повыпендиваться хотел - чтобы красиво было - нахрень красоту спасающую не знаю кого - но уже доделал - вэб-сайта готова к распределеенным вычислениям.

Sorry - no time for translation - if some body read this - use Google translate to English, pls.

ON FEBRUARY 03, 2014 12:39 AM Results on one metallurgy experiment (negative). Cubesat flat antenna design.

Thermal stabilized for vacuum oven did not work well. And all PCB for antenna has to be recalculated (no micro-strips on small square area).

SNAFU as usual.

ON FEBRUARY 10, 2014 10:35 PM Antenna and RF comm on one PCB. Mold inserts. Thermo-stabilizer

The antenna (a flat helical kind of version), and the RF part are printed on the same PCB. Verification are planned -

- mechanics of the antenna's deployment (done on Saturday) ;

- the antenna performance;

- all functionality - all RF ampl, BT front-end, and antenna itself;

- vibration tests (integrated into a pico-sat).

Inserts into the mold for printing messages (finally showed up from New-York, the record Christmas delivery). One insert creates one message on the surface of the wheel of the lunar rover. Message will be printed on lunar dust during rover movements.

First insert - First name - a teacher of physics from mining town Donetsk- Борц Илья Яковлевич.

Thermal stabilizer for vacuum oven.

ON FEBRUARY 18, 2014 08:52 PM new antennas testing, extruder testing

After the pico-sat antenna's showed good deployment capability, comes tests of the performance both (sat's and ground station) antennas. All communications recorded on the mission control web site.

Testing the Universal Paste Extruder for 3D printers(http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:20733), liquid paste works perfectly. Evaporation of the water on a heated table will allows to have small layers. A paste (less water in the mixture) needs to be adjusted.

ON FEBRUARY 25, 2014 03:50 AM Thanks to Alex Hall, from team planB.

To Alex Hall: Alex, team PlanB is missing you!

It is sad that you are leaving the GLXPRIZE. You are the best, very gentle, we were enjoying to work with you. We hope that in a future space exploration we will work together again.

Best wishes to you from our team.

ON MARCH 23, 2014 05:36 PM Software, software and nothing more than software

ON MARCH 23, 2014 05:40 PM From International Weekly Journal of Science "Nature" -

"Moon shots stuck on Earth"

http://www.nature.com/news/moon-shots-stuck-on-earth-1.14734

well - we all live in a yellow submarine, and not The Money or Big agencies / Militaries propel the space exploration, but rather simple luck and nice view of the night sky.

Thanks you Nature.

ON MAY 25, 2014 11:27 PM Embedded features of the communication protocol

1. Distance measurements embedded in protocol 100m precision, with orbit determination 10m precision and 1 m/sec speed measurements precision.

2. 2.4 GHz - 3 channels 1MHz each 30% loss of data restoration by 2-from-3 majority voting, or (slow restoration) 50% loss with only 2 channels available, with possibility to restore packets from communication DB.

3. Remote upgrade embedded inside protocol, ability to choose two different locations for compiled module implemented.

ON JUNE 01, 2014 03:37 AM Preparation for a trip to Europe

pack rover, picosat, into a lagage

ON JUNE 06, 2014 03:37 AM Flight to XPRIZE summit in Budapest

ON JUNE 06, 2014 03:39 AM Budapest

ON JUNE 06, 2014 03:41 AM Time to party GLXP summit in Budapest

ON JUNE 07, 2014 01:45 AM

During the 2014 "Google Lunar XPRIZE" summit @ Design Terminal in Budapest, three teams from the GLXP competition spoke about the benefits, current, and future use of 3D printing in the GLXP competition. The teams presented in the following order: Part Time Scientists, Team Plan B, Team Puli

ON JUNE 07, 2014 01:46 AM Thank you Budapest!

ON JUNE 08, 2014 00:15 AM Пересечение украинской границы

2 часа развлекаловки (а может и ...) украинская погранзастава обнаружила что мы родом из Донецка и интесивно ищет электронику к зенитным ракетам. Электроники нет - поэтому долгая проверка - куда - зачем - на сколько. собрали луноход в купе поезда. Вопросы к Сереге - а не собираешься ли оставаться на Донбассе (типа воевать). Молодая пограничница гуляет по перону с такими же молодыми погранцами. Парни к ней клеятся, а она их тихо посылает на три веселые буквы.

ON JUNE 09, 2014 01:35 PM PlanB on their way to Dnepr

Майдан - сцена - 8м ширину на 6м в высоту. Постамент выше моей головы. Напротив сцены трибуна, на расстоянии 8-10 метров от сцены. На трибуне сплошными рядами, через каждые 30 сантиметров Вэб-камеры.

Из-за трибуны видеть сцену не возозможно, причем с любой точки от гостиницы Украина. Сзади сцены, от площади - видишь задки артистов. Только с одного места можно наблюдать выступление - между трибуной и сценой. Надо сказать, гениальное изобретение. Людей практически нет, но чтобы посмотреть артистов, набиваются между трибуной и сценой, это создается впечатление большой толпы прямо под камерами.

У палаток - ленивая девка с открытвм пупком, седой ветеран и молодой хлопец, спортивного вида. Девка, замечая Серегу, берет в руки пластиковую коробку и направляется к нам звеня мелочью в коробке. Вдруг откудато выплывает бабка, неся цветочек в руке - Серега в замешательстве кому отдать предпочтение - пупку или бабке. Бабка выглядит грусно, пупок молодо. По какому-то непонятному выбору Серега отдает 20 гривен бабке. Бабка начинает тихо плакать в себя.

Перон. Поезд уголек. Предлагаю съездить, в запасе один день перед днепропетровском.

Донецкий перон.

Днепропетровский перон.

Встречающий Саша.

Ауди ген директора Южного. Бабушки в платках, церковный праздник.

Воскресенье - извиняемся перед Сашей и шофёром, что их напрягаем. В один голос, - Вам спасибо, что приехали, нам за вас хоть заплатят.

Прекрасная гостиница, не испорченная европэйским сервисом. Напротив памятник первому дирктору завода.

Магазин компьютерных прибамбасов (нужна русская клавиатурой). Девочка-продавец объясняет толстому ленивому хозяину, что работает, с утра, вот, мол продала клавиатуру.

Длинный забор (как НИИЧАВО). Мужик пьяный, напротив проходной, лежит в теньке. 20 минут забора.

Решаем гулять к реке. Идем и упираемся в овраг - женщина (явно с завода) видит, что мы углубляемся куда-то в кусты и испуганно от нас шарахается, как от голубых. Спрашиваем ее как выйти к нормальной дороге - она с сомнением смотрит на нас и показывает путь.

Выходим обратно к забору. За забором видна ракета, как из Понедельника - эпизод путешествия в будущее - слева оптимистическое = храм-пантеон - концертный зал. справа пессимистическое будущее - ракета за забором. Стругацкие явно Понедельник с Южного списывали.

Гуляя выходим к реке. Лозунги - "спасибо от Порошенко, что президентом выбрали", стенды с призывом вступать в батальён Коломойского.

Видим как можно возвратится к гостинице - рукой подать, но на пути овраг.

Спускаемся в овраг. Наверху мерседесы. Чем ниже, тем дремучей. Посередине склона отремонтированные бэмвухи. Внизу остов жигулей и забитые окна домов.

Поднимемся вверх, качество жизни возрастает и возвращаемся к великолепной гостинице.

В гостинице немец клеется к девочке из регистратуре. Приглашает отобедать с ней. Она ему приготовила борщь, и всё-всё-всё.

Напротив в окнах, какой-то институт. В здании института закрытые фирмочки, ООО и т.д.о.

Жилые дома с лозунгами на стенках - политические - "Ебать рашистов!" и нравственные - "Ксюша баба заебись!".

В ларьке покупаем кефир - подходят две девицы и спрашивают водку любую, но только не из россии. Купили красное вино. Сели на корточки возле ларька, на скамейке, и бухнули. Через 15 минут их развезло.

Утро, ждет машина Генерального директора. На переднем сиденье с шофером девочка-преводчик.

При прохожении КПП отдали паспорта и ждем. Охрана как-то странно выглядит - с ножами. Шофер показывает на ракету, с увлечением рассказывает о ней. Затем указывает на памятник Ленину. Говорит, что несколько раз пытались прорваться на територию завода, только чтобы завалить памятник.

Расказываю ему о двух памятниках Ленину - один в Ванкувере (золотая голова 5 метров ростом), другой в Стокгольме (Владимиру Ильичу от благодарных шведских профсоюзов).

Встреча в кабинете директора, совсем забыл, как выглядит настоящий институт. Как будто попал в юность.

Пошли фотографироваться к ракете. Поговорил с главным инженером, Серега настивал о чем то, и мы с ним оставили все свои визитные карточки в отеле.

Наблюдал великолепных инженеров и как они слаженно работаю. Потрясен.

Инженеры все старики. Такое ощущение, что ждут, когда они совсем состаряться. И тогда все космическое закончится на Украине.

Главный инженер спросил нас,- есть ли у нас контакты в канадском космическом агенстве. Конечно в сей коррумпированной структуре у нас тяг нет и быть не может.

Вечером гуляем по городу. Нашли кафешку с великолепрой едой (окрошка). Сидят за соседним столиком - бизнесмен, его девченка и их ребенок. Кормит девочку с видом хазяина жизни. По физии видно, что планирует заделать девке второго ребенка.

Трамвай, старый чешский, ездит прекрасно.

ON JUNE 10, 2014 01:36 PM Team PlanB - First day at Dnepropetrovsk

Второй день. Все уехали на запуск ракеты в Ясное. Рекордный запуск. В Германию платят тридцать три миллиона за запуск. В момент отрыва ракеты от стола, немцы в свою очередь, платят России и Украине три миллиона. На страну получается по полтора. Прав парень из команды Селенохода, коррупция жуткая, продвинута и встроена самой Европой.

Отдельная история о посещении сборочного цеха. Мощь и сила. В помещении пусто, трое в белых халатах, инженеры. Трое в синих спецовках - рабочие. Двое работают - один пишет. Инженеры проверяют. У каждой группы свои столы. Мужики работают на энтузиазме. Оплачивается один день из недели.

Ренгеновский аппарат с 16 этажный дом. Цех завода способен выпускать в неделю одну ракету. Дешевле любого фалькона раз в десять. Но Америка никогда не позволит. Надежды никакой, жалко ребят.

ON JUNE 11, 2014 01:37 PM PlanB - 2nd day at Yuzhnoye

June 5, 2014 6:33 AM

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Jun 5, 2014 5:36 AM

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une 7, 2014 5:01 AM

Dear Alex, I am Selene, a master student at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. I am part of a research group at the “Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization”. We are currently doing research on the phenomenon of innovation inducement prizes, more specifically on the Google Lunar X Prize. In the course of our research, we were already able to talk to several GLXP participants and representatives of the X Prize Foundation at last year’s International Astronautical Congress in Beijing. In order to get better insights and a broad picture of the GLXP, we would be grateful to conduct an interview with you and/or your initial team members, preferably via Skype or telephone. We come to know that this week the team summit in Budapest has taken place. If you or one of your team members plan to seize the opportunity to travel around in Europe and happen to pass by in Vienna, we would be glad to even meet in person. We can offer you to show you our brand-new university campus’ architecture and are certainly able to advice you with our local insider tips about Vienna. (For some impressions please see folder in attachment) We are fascinated by your goals and your commitment to create new technologies to support the exploration of the moon. Having seen your effort and motivation to reach this goal, we are convinced that you could provide us with some highly valuable insights into the topic. Our research would definitely benefit significantly from your contribution and expertise. We know your time and resources are highly limited. Nevertheless, we really hope you are able to consider an interview, at any time and date that may be convenient to you. Thanks for your consideration. Selene PS: If you have questions on our research focus or our institute, please let us know. We are happy to answer all the questions you may have! ------ Selene Horner Institut für Strategie, Technologie und Organisation Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization

June 7, 2014 1:02 PM

HI Alex I hope the work on your lunar vehicle is going well. We are still planning to do a preview of Back to the Moon for Good for our members on June 28 and hope you are still available to join us and provide an overview of your exciting project. We will be watching the film starting at about 9:45 am and I think it would be good for the audience to watch the film before they hear about your project as they will then have a better understanding about the challenges of your undertaking. We can provide a variety of audio visual support if you like. We can project a powerpoint or other images and we could also show people the landing site you've chosen using our planetarium software. Please let me know if you would like to bring a few guests and I will reserve some seats. Kind regards, Lisa McIntosh

June 12, 2014 10:12 PM

Уважаемый г-н Alex Dobrianski! Благодарю Вас за визит в ГП «КБ «Южное» 10-11 июня 2014 г. Специалисты ГП «КБ «Южное» были рады провести встречу с Вами и рассмотреть потенциальные направления развития сотрудничества между нашими компаниями. Хотели бы поблагодарить Вас за интересную информацию, предоставленную во время встречи, в частности, о деятельности компании Adobri Solutions, а также о перспективном проекте Вашей команды в международных соревнованиях Google Lunar XPRIZE. В соответствии с договоренностью, достигнутой во время встречи, направляем Вам презентацию по опыту ГП «КБ «Южное» в области оказания консультационных услуг нашими экспертами. С уважением, Начальник отделения С.В. Кутовой международного сотрудничества ГП «КБ «Южное»

June 17, 2014 12:31 PM

Уважаемый Сергей Владимирович. Благодарим Вас и Ваших специалистов, за организованную в КБ Южное встречу. Сейчас мы обрабатываем всю полученную информацию для планирования последующих шагов в проэкте, с тем, чтобы сотрудничество получилось взаимовыгодным и с максимальной отдачей. С уважением, Alex Dobrianski Team PlanB Adobri Solutions Ltd.

June 17, 2014 1:12 PM

Hi – was lovely speaking to you in Budapest Airport while we were sampling red vinos on Saturday. Have looked up your site on the Business Card that you gave us and are extremely impressed with your project. We would like to wish you all the best and look forward to following your progress from Queenstown, New Zealand. Cheers Barb & Keith Syme

une 17, 2014 10:07 PM

There are two avenues we are pursuing, and both take a lot of money. Launch isn't cheap, as you are aware, and as I work through the possible business cases, it may be that the team would have to forgo any claim to the prize money to make this work, or at least flow it through to charity. I 'm sure I can work at least cost of materials and salaries into the budget for all involved. Judging from the pictures of the Ansari X prize award we may not even get to hold the check in the official picture (Burt Rutan is off to the side...). I'll do my best here, but if someone funds this whole thing, they by the right to receive it. There are two possibilities that we are exploring to make this happen. The first is "Plan C" and depends on you, and the availability of full Dnepr launch to lunar orbit. We should meet when I'm in Vancouver in June, if we can arrange it around your trip. My trip runs 11-22, but the 21 & 22 are very tight as I'm there for a wedding. Either at that meeting or when we can arrange a talk I'd liek to discuss the following: Rules: I'd first need to know that what we plan is within the rules to start with. These are apparently under non-disclosure, so you'll have to make that assessment. I'd also need to know if there are any restrictions on licencing different aspects of the Team - merchandise mainly. I have rumors that descent, landing and traverse imagery is the exclusive domain of GLXP. Launch: Secondly, I'd need to know launch details for Dnepr to lunar. Your initial contact will make that a much easier process. A typical contract (in English) would provide most of what I need. Specifically though to make a decision to go after this or not. We'll need to know: * Mass to lunar orbit, or lunar injection. * Cost * Payment plan * Milestone dates, expected launch * Dual launch possibility (we'd be ~300kg) Time: The other thing that would help our case is more time, to prepare, to build, to raise funds. My knowledge of launch tells me we need 18-24 months for a launcher to be ready. Depending on the answer you get from Dnepropetrovsk, we may just not have enough time to make it work by the Dec. 31, 2015 deadline. Rumor has it that GLXP will grant an extension, if you support such an extension you increase the chance of making Plan C work. Please don't mention our potential partnership at this time. It would have an adverse effect on being granted the extension, I believe. The unrest in Russia-Ukraine (home of the most cost effective launches) should be sufficient enough to allow for another few months. If you want any help constructing the argument, let me know,I'm happy to help, even if we don't get involved! (I used to write articles for Space Quarterly, I have some experience in persuasive stories.) The other opportunity The other opportunity is a very slim possibility that would probably force us to "sell our souls" somewhat. It would, however, be a far better option than going to Baikonur in the next year. If this option goes ahead, I'll do my best to get Plan B involved, but my control would be considerably limited. If you have any more questions, I'm always available. Best regards, Ryan

June 17, 2014 11:23 PM

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June 18, 2014 11:49 AM

Dear Teams, As discussed at the Team Summit in Budapest there will be ongoing screenings of Blog Posts on the Google Lunar XPRIZE website to ensure that no ITAR restricted material is inadvertently made available by the XPRIZE Foundation. In addition to this ongoing screening, we will also be screening material posted within the last year since 1 June, 2013. All material prior to this date will be archived, and not publicly accessible. If there are specific blog posts made prior to 1 June 2013 that you would like to maintain on the Google Lunar XPRIZE website and accessible to the public, please fill out the attached table with the Blog Title and Blog Link by Wednesday 2 July 2014 17:00 PST. Please return the attached spreadsheet and direct any questions to

June 19, 2014 2:49 PM

Canadian satellites each 2 KG BRITE-CA-1 [BRITE (BRIght-star Target Explorer)-Toronto; CanX (Canadian Advanced Nanospace eXperiment)-3E] и BRITE-CA-2 [BRITE-Monreal; CanX-3F 22 cubesats Two low-cost, car battery-sized Canadian space telescopes launched aboard a Russian rocket today

June 20, 2014 9:12 AM

Dear Mr. Alex Dobrianski, You may recall an email that was sent to you by CSA's President, Mr. Walter Natynczyk, asking for your participation in our Annual Survey of the Canadian Space Sector. I would like to follow up by sending you a link below, requesting information for the 2013 calendar or fiscal year, depending upon your organization's accounting methods. We would greatly appreciate it if you could fill out this form and return it to us by hitting the "submit" button at the end of the questionnaire by the closing date: 2014-06-30. The questionnaire can be accessed online, either by (Clicking here) or by copying the following address into your internet browser: http://www4.asc-csa.gc.ca/metadata/default.aspx?FIId=F7BC6EE9520CD7DAE04011AC15001BA0&CId=F7CE0D213F8453D8E04011AC15001468&lng=en-CA. For your information, one or two of your colleagues at Adobri Solutions Ltd. may have also received this form (they would have been identified in the previous email sent by Mr. Walter Natynczyk). Please note that you are now receiving a separate email because you each have your own secure and individualized hyperlink access (such as an electronic signature). You may all access your hyperlinks and work on various sections of the questionnaire at the same time - it will save all responses together in one version. Once again, I do understand the amount of time and effort it takes to complete this annual survey from the CSA, so let me thank you in advance for your contribution to the on-going tracking of the Canadian space sector. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at PER.PRE@asc-csa.gc.ca or by calling us at (450) 926-4365. Best Regards,

June 23, 2014 12:45 PM

Dear Colleagues in the GLXP competition. Following on to the Team summit in Budapest, where a representative from Shell indicated that Shell might be prepared to sponsor some or possibly a majority of teams for the good of the competition, I would like to update you on what has happened in the last few weeks on this topic. First of all, you may recall, that 9 teams indicated their support for a common action towards Shell as potential sponsor at the meeting. Only one team indicated that they did not feel this was appropriate, a few number of Teams abstained, while the rest was absent, or could not express themselves immediately. After the meeting, we have had additional discussions with representatives from Shell, and a first draft document has been produced, outlining a possible way forward. This draft document will be used by Shell to explore internally, if they continue to have a corporate interest, and a reply is expected mid July. The main contents of this draft document, is along the lines of our discussions at the Budapest meting, so with a possible launch support for each team that signs up, and as an additional proposal with some "qualifying achievements" which a Team can attain, like "space craft in LEO orbit", or higher. In this way these "qualifying achievements" falls between the current Terrestrial Milestone Prizes, and the Moon Prizes. The draft document also recognizes that an "administrative entity" is needed between Shell and the Teams, in order not to overload Shell. From the Team summit it was clear, that a potential sponsorship from Shell can not go though XPRIZE,as it would be in conflict with the agreements with Google. We therefore need an alternative Team oriented administrative entity, which clearly have to be acceptable to the Teams that would like to have Shell as sponsor. Anyway, the next crucial step is that Shell has to internally consider, if they would like to sponsor a significant number of teams, and if yes, how it should be done. Once this decision becomes clearer, probably in 3 weeks time, I shall be in touch again with those 9 teams that has expressed interest. For those teams that has not yet expressed themselves (Barcelona Moon, Moon Express, Synergy Moon, Part Time Scientist, Penn State), please let me know if you would like to continue to follow the discussions. It is the intention from our side that these additional sponsorship should be available to all teams that are acceptable to the sponsor, and with individual considerations taken for each team. Once a more clear way forward, in terms of actual draft agreements and organisational aspects are clear, all teams will be contacted again. Yours sincerely Palle Haastrup, Team Euroluna PS. if you would like further communication on this subject to a specific email address, please let us know.

June 24, 2014 4:52 AM

Мои первый раунд переговоров с Москвой закончились неудачно (как собственно я и ожидал для первого раунда). Поэтому мой полет в Москву откладывается. Видео Боба - класное - он совсем не изменился! Alex Dobrianski team PlanB Adobri Solutions Ltd.

June 25, 2014 10:24 AM

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June 27, 2014 2:49 PM

Dear Sergei, Privyet, Kak dela? I am messaging to ask for your availability to do a concall with our team here, so we can crystalize the idea of our previous discussion while we were in Budapest. Ps : pls send my regards to Alex Thank You, Kind regards, Izmir Yamin Hey man, good to hear from you! I will talk with Alex so we can coordinate a meeting with him included. Hope you are doing well! Serg

June 30, 2014 10:59 AM

On Tuesday, July 1, Bob Weiss will appear on CBS THIS MORNING to discuss XPRIZE, the Google Lunar XPRIZE, and the GLXP Milestone Prizes. Tune in from 7am-9am (regardless of your time zone) to catch Bob chatting away with anchors Charlie Rose, Gayle King, and Norah O'Donnell, and Tim Stevens from CNET. The expected segment time is around 8:30am but that could change…

June 30, 2014 12:29 PM

Hello Teams, It’s just about that time…the Q2 2014 GLXP Quarterly Update report is now live. The reports are due by July 15, 2014. Late submissions cannot be accepted. As you know, we use these mandatory reports to help promote your team, respond to media requests, and plan for future activities. Just like the last report, we’re using Google Docs to collect your updates. Please follow the below link to submit your report…

June 30, 2014 1:34 PM

Alex, I am confirming that I received the spreadsheet and will review the material you would like to keep on the site. I would also like to make note that ITAR comes into this because XPRIZE is a US company and any information we distribute must comply with ITAR regulations. This does not limit the ability for you to host information on your website, as long as you comply with your national law. As a general guideline, information that will not have ITAR restrictions include - basic marketing information (which can include top-level technical capabilities) - reports on events (e.g. team summits or other promotional events) - non-detailed summary of technical progress (e.g. Test XYZ was successfully completed) Anything more detailed than this may violate ITAR regulations for the XPRIZE Foundation.

July 1, 2014 7:37 AM

Greetings Alex, Thank you for your patience as we make the final arrangements in getting your awards to you. I apologize for the delay, but I assure you that you are on our minds! We have had to learn quite a bit about the Penn State licensing process in order to get the items made, and some items have been easier than others to get through the approval process. The good news is that we are nearing approval for all the awards! We will be in touch as soon as the process is finished and we are able to begin shipping. As a thank you for your support, we are pleased to offer you exclusive access to footage from one of our recent rocket tests. This test was an important milestone for the team, and we are glad that we can share it with you. Check it out! Stay tuned for more updates on our website lunarlion.psu.edu or rockethub.com/lunarlionpsu. Thank you again, and I’ll be in touch soon. Sincerely, Michael Michael Paul Director of Space Systems Initiatives, The Applied Research Lab at Penn State

July 1, 2014 11:52 AM

Dear Teams, below please find a CNET feature on the Google Lunar XPRIZE. This piece also appears on the homepage of CBS News and the homepage of CBS This Morning… URL: http://www.cnet.com/news/the-google-lunar-xprize-the-worlds-next-great-space-race/ (includes a video) Google Lunar XPrize: The world's next great space race Eighteen teams are in a race to get to the moon, with a $30 million payoff. This summer, we'll travel the world and follow five of those teams' final tests and preparations. Here's a taste of what's to come

JJuly 2, 2014 3:16 PM

Dear Teams, As you know, we asked you all for information about your proposed launch dates right before and during the team summit. We are working diligently to get you answers about the proposed extension. This continues to take more time than expected. We will keep you updated as soon as we have a response from Google.

July 9, 2014 5:59 PM

Здравствуйте, Саша. Большое спасибо за предлoжение помочь мне. Дело в том, что уезжая из Москвы, я забыла дома свои диски, с которых обычно устанавливала дистрибутивы программного обеспечения, и теперь сижу "как без рук". В первую очередь, нужны

July 10, 2014 4:15 AM

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July 10, 2014 7:37 AM

Привет Sergei, First of all I would like to introduce our core team members. - Mr. (Chief Operating Officer) - Mr. (Business Development and Strategic Alliance Director) - Mr. (Spacecraft Lead Engineer) - Myself , Mr. Izmir Yamin (CEO/CTO) However only and I will be present during this call. As for the conference call meeting, the agenda for tomorrow will touch on two main items as discussed in Budapest. I) Cubesat program through International Astronautics University (IAU) by Adobri (Plan B) II) Dedicated Launch Services for cubesats by Independence-X Aerospace As both of these items are on our mutual business interests. Therefore let's discuss further on the mechanics of executing them. Please feel free to suggest any other pertaining matters where you feel relevant to be addressed. Спасиба Thank You, Kind regards, Izmir Yamin

July 14, 2014 5:28 AM

Привет, Александр, нашёл интересную статью - тебе тоже может пригодиться. О системах космической связи. http://www.jmalsbury.com/how-to-talk-to-a-36-year-old-space-probe-isee-3-with-gnu-radio-a-usrp-and-a-big-dish/ Смотрел ваши видеоотчёты, впечатляет - правда, доклад в Будапеште плохо слышится. Но всё равно, похоже, вы технически хорошо окопались :) . Александр

July 15, 2014 5:26 PM

Dear Teams, As Jeff Nerdin discussed at the team summit, XPRIZE is interested in discussing any media opportunities that Teams are considering in connection with the Competition. Although we are somewhat constrained by rights that we have granted to our current international media partners, including Discovery Channel and CNET, we believe that there are ways that we can all work together to maximize the media coverage of the Competition. Please see the attached Memo summarizing the comments concerning Media Rights and team media projects as presented at the summit in Budapest. Additionally, please find an updated media request form (Request for Exploitation of Post Registration Content) which takes some of the memo considerations into account. Please remember that the media rights request form must be submitted anytime a media request is made. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. GLXP Media Memo (15-2014) (1).docx Request for Exploitation of Post Registration Content (07-15-2014) (1).docx

July 18, 2014 3:51 AM

Thank you Alex for the kind thought. Thank You, Kind regards, Izmir Yamin Mobile: +60126517438 Sent from my iPhone On Jul 18, 2014, at 2:49 AM, alex dobrianski wrote: > Our condolences for tragedy with Malaysian airliner. > > It is around 150km from my old home city. > > Alex Dobrianski

July 21, 2014 9:07 AM

Hello Alex It's great to hear from you. I hope you made it back to Canada sadly, I heard you had a pretty interesting detour visiting Dnepr. I just wanted to reach out to you see if you still would be interested in joint efforts towards the GLXP? Many greetings Robert

July 24, 2014 12:03 PM

Hello Teams, Just like previous years, I'm writing you to collect some hardware footage! However, unlike previous hardware reels, this year we will be putting together a more comprehensive video that looks at the teams accomplishments, the hardware, and anything else that has come out of the team's involvement in the competition since the beginning. Essentially the greater impact of GLXP as a whole. Of course, this video will focus on hardware, per usual, so please send us any footage you have by August 15, 2014. As far as what kind of footage we are looking for, it does not necessarily have to be rover footage. Here are some examples of the types of footage that we'd love to see from you. I encourage you to think outside the box and send us footage of the many things your team has been working on, or any events you've been a part of. Remember, this video will be about the greater impact of GLXP. What has your team done to impact the space/science industry that would translate visually? Rovers roving. Pretty obvious and speaks for itself. Just your rovers doing their things. Hoppers hopping. Any net testing or simulations. Machines manufacturing parts. Any footage of a presses making molds, or lathes cutting metal. This type of footage tends to look good in time lapse and allows us to set up shots. It's also interesting to see how robots are made so anything along these lines would be amazing. Any 3D models on a computer being rotated or constructed in CAD. Rocket firing. Obviously cool. Drop tests. If you have portions of a machine built, perhaps a hinge, just film someone showing how it works. Students working on projects, especially machines. Any tests whatsoever. 3D printers printing! Avionics testing on quadcopters or similar devices. Basically, if you need to wear goggles to work or test something, film it. Point of view camera tests. Prototypes and models. Regolith pit testing. We also want to encourage the less mechanical style footage. Again, if it won't translate visually without sound, it may not work as well, but if the audio is crisp, it can be worked with. Essentially, we want to use this footage to show your team creating impact outside of a warehouse with machines. The stunning visuals are obviously the robots and rockets, but this video will be interlaced with the footage taken at the team summit, as well as a few other sources so any footage you have that we could reference as your team representative speaks would be immensely useful. TED talks. Student experiences, all age levels. FIRST involvement. Government related events. Public speaking. Contract signing. Handshakes with important people. Lectures. Hopefully this gives you a solid idea of the types of footage we are looking for. This is NOT a comprehensive list! Feel free to be creative and send me anything you have that might not fit into these categories but would be relevant to your team's accomplishments. This can span beyond the last year if you feel it has not been highlighted accurately in the past. Thank you in advance for your help and you assets. This video will be extremely useful for many reasons. The community will love to see the technology and how far its advanced as well as really get to know what your teams have achieved over the life of the GLXP. This will also be shown to sponsors and at any events we attend. The more you give us, the better we can represent you. Thank you again for all your help, Leo Camacho

July 26, 2014 3:48 PM

Robert, My sincere apology for the late reply! I need to update my email info. Please use sadoberman@gmail.com in future threads. I feel really embarrassed that I missed your emails and that we have been playing email tag between both teams! I have talked with Alex about your proposal right after we left the summit. He dove straight into developing a module for lunar 3d printing. He has come up with a number of ways to print without using laser or optics which you and I spoke about on the last day of the summit. And we are currently looking at different ways of harvesting the necessary materials other then regolith. So far we didn't have the right consistency with our experiments. However, our experiments have been done without certain technology in order to see what minimum tech we can play with to 3d print on the lunar surface. Moving forward I would like to know what kind of parameters for the 3d module we are working with (dimensions ect...)? Please provide any info that will help Alex establish a road map to tackle this module. While we get that info from you could we setup a conference between Alex and any members of your team that need to be present to discuss these parameters, approach, possible harvesting material (regolith), tech, logistics ect? If you feel there needs to be a non-disclosure agreement before you provide us with the necessary info we would be happy to accommodate that request. Knowing Alex and his belief in having anything he develops be open source, protected under MIT's CC3 with only the pivotal details hidden, I spoke with Alex about the 3d printing module and we are keeping this tech under wraps and not disclosing it as open source. There is much to discuss and time is really short, the development of this module needs to start taking shape. I have cc'd Jan and Alex to this thread along with my other email. Please find me on Skype, Sergei Dobrianski, Skype Name : sergadobri, email : sadoberman@gmail.com Best Regards, Sergei Subject: RE: Rapid manufacturing on the moon Hi Sergei It's me again, Robert from PTS. Did you got my previous mail? Best Robert ________________________________________ Subject: Rapid manufacturing on the moon Hello Sergei It's me Robert from the Part-Time Scientists. I just wanted to check back with you and ask if you already had time to talk with your Dad about the idea we discussed, joining our efforts and developing a suitable regolith based rapid manufacturing unit for the moon. Best regards and greetings from Berlin Robert

July 27, 2014 2:31 PM

Hi Jan, That picture looks unreal thank you for sharing it. It reminds me to take some vacation of my own! I sent you and Robert another email outlining a bit of Alex's progress in the 3D printing unit and that we are looking forward to joining our efforts to develop a suitable 3D manufacturing unit for the moon. Please have a read through the second email I sent you earlier this weekend. Also, Alex and I will be away in Utah the following weekend from August 1st to the 5th. It would be nice to touch base about the logistics of this joint effort before we leave for Utah. By the way we will be meeting with Kosmotras, in Utah, and will gladly share the information we'll learn during our trip. Best Regards, Serg

July 27, 2014 4:59 PM

Howdy Serg, > Please have a read through the second email I sent you earlier this weekend. Did so. I need to talk (tomorrow, hopefully) to our lead engineers first to either have them available for a teleconference or to let me answer the technical aspects. > It would be nice to touch base about the logistics of this joint effort before we leave for Utah. From my side I'll be available for a chat before Thu. I'll ask fellow crew members to join. > By the way we will be meeting with Kosmotras, in Utah, and will gladly share the information we'll learn during our trip. Very interesting, yes. Best, Jan

July 28, 2014 1:14 AM

i.materialise Order IMC029752 Hi Alex, Thank you for the order once more. I've checked the model and I have to say that for a part with such box-like structure and a size of 100mm, the walls of minimum thickness of 0.4 mm will most probably not be enough. I will now send the model to production and will wait for a feedback from our production team. If there is a chance that the model is printed ok, we will proceed with production. If not - I will come back to you with the feedback and recommendations. Best regards, Darya Customer Support Engineer Hi Alex, Production have rejected the part. The issue however lies not in the low thickness, but more in the specific shape of the structures. Elongated flat walls are subjected to thermal stresses and therefore risk cracking. Probably certain additional thickness could compensate this issue, but it is quite problematic to indicate specific values. Better solution would be adjusting the complete structure to SLM-friendly or choose alternative production methods. I will cancel your current order and refund the payment. Thank you for your understading! Best regards, Darya Customer Support Engineer

July 28, 2014 8:53 AM

Hello Sergei and Alex It’s good to hear from you again. I would love to have a discussion with you right away but we’ve been facing a very important paper deadline by this Thursday. So i would suggest a conversation asap after Thursday. Do you have any suggestions towards this? A quick questions, would you be willing to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement? If so i could prepare a lightweight one and after signing it could hand you parts of our internal documentation. It makes things much easier. Otherwise if you got a mutual NDA at hand that you trust just pass it on to me. Many greetings Robert

July 31, 2014 8:56 PM

Hi Alex and Serg, Some notes upfront to our teleconference (a summary of my chats with Robert and the engineers): 1. What this should become: * a minimal tech demo; * not too complicated (too many things can fail); * something we can reliably integrate and do together (rover + energy + communication + printer). 2. PTS tech (rover): * 1 drop container for the printer; * energy sources: battery (primary) + solar; * solar panels on the inside of the drop container, after release it will open, has approx. 50x40 cm for solar panels; * measurements: still checking them with our design doc, have them for our teleconf; * a webcam should record the printing operations (from preparation to result); * communication (we care about that); * integration (we care about that). 3. 3D printer: * non-mobile unit? * procedure (approx)[replace "regolith" with whatever you want to work with]: a) get regolith (collect, perhaps mine: grinding, sieving) b) refine regolith c) arrange regolith on working area d) melt regolith e) create "gear" (the demo element) f) clear "gear": done. * the "gear" shouldn't even be 3D, just print 2D, keep it simple and doable; * basic stuff: laser diode, working area, filter (cleaner). Attached are three images (okayed by Robert). See you in one hour, Jan

August 1, 2014 2:04 PM

Attached is your confirmation letter and a map of campus for the Small Satellite Conference. If you requested a single room and have been assigned a shared room as a private, that means that the single rooms are no longer available. If you have not put an exact arrival time on your reservation form, then we will need that before checking in with the names of all particpants that are staying in the apartment/room with you, so that our staff is prepared for you. Please e-mail me with that information as soon as possible. Because you will be staying in Resident Housing, students will be checking into their designated spaces for the school year, so all participants need to be checked out of their rooms by August 7th by 8 a.m. at the latest. Thanks

August 2, 2014 10:02 AM

Hi, Adrian Tymes from http://cubecab.com/ should be at the SmallSat (I guess that's where you're now). They're still developing their small rocket, so they don't offer launch capability yet, but Adrian wrote the following today on a mailing list and perhaps it's interesting to talk to him about future opportunities reg. lunar manufacturing. --- quote from mail So you say you want lunar manufacturing? I've been invited to give a talk at the Lunar CubeSat Workshop in October about my launch service company CubeCab, and one topic being considered is how us plus one of the CubeSat propulsion modules being developed - say, Accion's or the CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster - can let someone put a small payload on the Moon in under a year (once CubeCab is in full service) for less than $1M. Only about 1 kg or so, but what could you bootstrap from that? (If you need more, you can send multiple, just so long as you can break them into ~kg components. No bawwing about "but you can't pack large optics" will be given credence: besides the ability to manufacture stuff from regolith, people have been finding ways to fold lenses and use arrays of individually small optics.) --- end of quote His mail is atymes@gmail.com in case you wanna talk. Happy conferencing,

August 4, 2014 2:28 PM

Dear Alex, As you know, the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE is a global competition with one of the world's largest brands as a title sponsor. Your team is on stage as the world follows the competition. As such, we want to make your team, the competition, and XPRIZE, is presented to the best way possible. Proper branding across all aspects of the competition will ensure a consistent message and look. We have reviewed your team’s materials against the issued Google Lunar XPRIZE Style Guide and noticed the following inconsistencies we would like to call to your attention and ask that you help us fix them: · Logos on rover: On your rover renderings and prototypes, there don’t appear to be any Google Lunar XPRIZE logos: http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/teams/plan-b As per the Style Guide, all craft & renderings should have Google Lunar XPRIZE logos, so that people know these awesome robots are from our competition! This can be done fairly simply with stickers, paper, etc.; examples from other teams: https://www.facebook.com/hakuto2015/photos/pb.208594585966885.-2207520000.1406681161./319344398225236/?type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/pulispace/photos/pb.132229376797171.-2207520000.1406681385./771218979564871/?type=3&theater Like any team oriented competition (i.e. Olympics, organized sports, etc.), it's important to reflect the spirit of teamwork by being part of the team. We are proud to have you as a competing team for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Please help us make this the best competition XPRIZE has ever had. What makes us look good, makes you look great. Let us know your timing to fix the identified concerns. Thanks, The GLXP Team

August 7, 2014 11:45 PM

Hello Alex, Thanks for stopping by the RT Logic booth this week. I enjoyed the chance to hear about your system test needs as you pursue the lunar XPRIZE. Best of luck on that program! We briefly discussed a need for RF channel simulation during your test phase. For your reference, I wanted to pass along these additional links to information about our product: Datasheet (with specs): https://channelsim.rtlogic.com/docs/T400CS.pdf Overview Presentation: https://channelsim.rtlogic.com/docs/RTL-T400CS-Overview-March2014.pdf Demo Video: https://channelsim.rtlogic.com/docs/T400CS-Demo.wmv Optional Feature Brochure: https://channelsim.rtlogic.com/docs/T400CS-Options.pdf Channel Simulation Whitepaper: https://channelsim.rtlogic.com/docs/ChSimWhitepaper.pdf We will be very happy to help your team if needed, so please let us know. Thanks again for our discussion, and have a safe trip home! Best Regards, Michael Michael Clonts Channel Simulator Product Manager

August 11, 2014 2:41 PM

Hi Alex and Serg, I lost my Inet this weekend. Also I got none of our engineers for an appointment this weekend, they all work currently under a tight schedule for the milestone prizes. Can we have a chat between Thu to Sun (14-17 Aug)? Both 7 or 8am (my time) or late evening (my time) are possible. Could you give me some items you'd like to talk about? As you probably remember, I'm not an engineer (but come from compsci and systems science with simulations and planning). Perhaps I can see whether I can get the corresponding crew members to join the chat if I ask them directly. Hope the SmallSat was fun and worthwhile. Best, Jan -- Jan Klauck VP of Business Development

August 12, 2014 8:22 AM Cubesat printing by iMaterialise

Hi Alex, I understand your dissapointment and believe me, we would be more than happy to acually produce the models for you, but unfortunately there is nothing we could do. If the models do not meet the design requirements or they are not suitable for production process, we cannot produce them. Besides, we are a service for consumers and our technologies are mostly suited for artistic parts but not technical ones, while your parts are technical and that explains the amount of rejections. As to the unsuccessful prints - they are ruined and not finished, with support structures on, and we cannot ship such parts out even upon customer's request because this would mean that we deliver bad product. Even if the customer is willing to receive such a product, this is something we choose not to do. That's why failed prints are being destroyed. I hope you understand our reasons and the issue could become a bit less discouraging to you. I also hope that we could work on your future projects that will be more successful in terms of printability. Thank you for your understanding! Best regards, Darya Customer Support Engineer ------------- Hi Alex, Unfortunately, with 3D printed titanium it will not work. There is nothing you could improve in the design to avoid or reduce the risk of damage, which is very high, therefore we see no point in further experiments. The damaged parts that did not survive production are being destroyed, we can not ship them out. Best regards, Darya Customer Support Engineer ----------- Dear alex, Your order IMC029752 is cancelled and will be refunded shortly. All details of your order can be found here:IMC029752 If you have any questions regarding your order, please reply to this email. Best regards, Darya Customer Services ----------------- Hi Alex, I got a feedback from the prouction team that upon the first test they realized that the part cannot be improved, it is not suitable for this production process. The downfacing surfaces need much post processing to get good quality built. With this kind of parts downfacing (supporting surface) cannot be minimalized or excluded. Since it was our decision to make a test print and it failed, we will not charge you for it but we cannot proceed with this project. I will cancel the order and refund the payment. Thank you for your understanding! Best regards, Darya Customer Support Engineer --------------- Hi Alex, I got a feedback that this part is still not printable. The've given it a try and it was ruined during production. I'm currently waiting for their feedback if it can be improved to become printable. Will inform you further. Best regards, Darya -------------- From: Contact iMaterialise Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 2:48 PM To: alex dobrianski Subject: RE: Confirmation i.materialise Order IMC029752 Hi Alex, I've sent the order to production and we will wait for a feedback from production team. Best regards, Darya ------------ Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 11:42 AM To: Contact iMaterialise Subject: Re: Confirmation i.materialise Order IMC029752 Hello, Darya I updated model to be SLM-friendly - now walls are twice thicker and it was more "holes" to avoid thermal stress. Can you check pls. The order is IMC029752. Alex Dobrianski team PlanB Adobri Solutions Ltd ---------------- From: "Contact iMaterialise" To: "alex dobrianski" Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:12:48 AM Subject: RE: Confirmation i.materialise Order IMC029599 Hi Alex, Production have rejected the part. The issue however lies not in the low thickness, but more in the specific shape of the structures. Elongated flat walls are subjected to thermal stresses and therefore risk cracking. Probably certain additional thickness could compensate this issue, but it is quite problematic to indicate specific values. Better solution would be adjusting the complete structure to SLM-friendly or choose alternative production methods. I will cancel your current order and refund the payment. Thank you for your understading!

Best regards,

Darya

Customer Support Engineer

--------------------- From: alex dobrianski

Sent: Monday, July 28, 2014 9:31 PM

To: Contact iMaterialise

Subject: Re: Confirmation i.materialise Order IMC029599

Thanks.

------------------ From: "Contact iMaterialise"

To: adobri@shaw.ca

Sent: Monday, July 28, 2014 1:14:58 AM

Subject: RE: Confirmation i.materialise Order IMC029599

Hi Alex,

Thank you for the order once more.

I've checked the model and I have to say that for a part with such box-like structure and a size of 100mm, the walls of minimum thickness of 0.4 mm will most probably not be enough.

I will now send the model to production and will wait for a feedback from our production team. If there is a chance that the model is printed ok, we will proceed with production. If not - I will come back to you with the feedback and recommendations.

Best regards,

Darya

Customer Support Engineer

-------------------------- From: contact@i.materialise.com

Sent: Monday, July 28, 2014 5:32 AM

To: adobri@shaw.ca

Subject: Confirmation i.materialise Order IMC029599

Dear alex,

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August 12, 2014 11:44 AM

Your project is impressive specially given the constraints you are working under.

I have lots of experience dealing with 3D data for both engineering and entertainment. With regard to the spacecraft you are building, one of the goals is to broadcast HD images which is good but in addition to that you should also consider capturing point cloud data or a 3D scan of the surroundings using a small LIDAR device. I believe the current commercial LIDAR devices and technology should allow you to add a light weight sensor to your payload. The problem right now is not so much on the senor side but more about storing and transmitting the data as it can generate a lot of data in short time. Let me know if I can participate in any way.

- Neehar.

PS I live in Vancouver.

August 13, 2014 6:45 AM

Alex,

After reviewing your blog content on the Google Lunar XPRIZE website, we found several instances of potentially ITAR restricted information that we cannot host on our website.

I have attached a spreadsheet that references these posts. Some have changes that must be made in order to stay online and others will be completely removed. For the blog posts that can be modified to remain on the site, please complete changes by 29 August 2014, or the post will be removed. For the posts that will need to be taken down, you will have until 29 August 2014 to archive them for your use before they are removed.

In general your posts go into a lot of detail that we unfortunately cannot host on our site due to potential ITAR violations, but we encourage you to keep posting general updates and top level design specifications.

Please notify me when the changes are made and let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.

Nathan

August 13, 2014 11:59 AM

Alex,

In general this approach seems to be okay. I would like to point out that you are free to host the information and blogs on the Plan B site for potential business opportunities as long as it complies with your own national regulations. We are only concerned with information hosted on our site.

After you make your edits we will review the posts again and take them down if we find it necessary. Keep in mind that ITAR technical information is not just limited to numbers but also process, advanced know-how, and lessons learned, so just removing numbers may not be enough.

Nathan

On Aug 13, 2014, at 8:40 PM, Alex Dobrianski wrote:

> Hi Nathan,

> Just quick question - if I delete the paragraph or full post - can I have changed text like -

> "[deleted text]" or "[data deleted]" or "[sensitive data]"

> i.e. text was:

> "...Sensor was forced to max possible sensitivity (undocumented future in ITG-3200, but it gives 1/115=0.009 degree per sec – it still require 10 better sensitivity to detect earth rotation)..."

> for example text modified:

> "...Sensor was forced to max possible sensitivity (undocumented future in [data deleted], but it gives [data deleted] degree per sec – it still require [data deleted] better sensitivity to detect earth rotation)..."

> for example: the post to be deleted - http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/teams/plan-b/blog/communication-range-testing

> "Communication range testing."

> "Well, communication protocol done. Now core BT module (cubesat/lunar modem) is capable to work in modes:....."

> after changes:

> http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/teams/plan-b/blog/communication-range-testing

> "[sensitive data]"

> reason I am asking - the business which we all trying to spin-off from Google Lunar XPRIZE competition - if such text ("[deleted text]" or "[data deleted]" or "[sensitive data]") will be present - that will gives additional possibility to attract potential investors. All ITAR regulations will be in place (as it required) but business opportunities will stay.

> Alex

August 13, 2014 12:29 PM

Hi Alex,

Are you enrolled as part of the Canadian Controlled Goods program?

Chuck

On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 3:04 PM, alex dobrianski wrote:

That is what I get from GLXPRIZE today. I have to remove totally 10 posts (based on public information and stamped the progress of our team in competition).

Practically after that removal we become average lunatics - nothing more. When i posted the data (starting from 2012) I checked US Munition List to be "complaint" == i.e gyro-platform - if it precision less 0.5 degree per 1 hour it is not restricted at all. But statement "potentially ITAR restricted information" and that's it!

It is add-on to "mandatory video blog" requirements - when team EuroLuna and our team was only two team posting Video according Master Team Agreement - GLXPRIZE quietly removed that requirements this june.

À la guerre - comme À la guerre.

Alex

August 13, 2014 12:50 PM

Alex,

Thank you for your understanding. We know that some of the items we are asking you to remove probably would not have ITAR implications, but the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls who monitors XPRIZE has unlimited interpretation of the law. Because of this and the large fines possible we are taking a cautious approach. Due to this overall ITAR philosophy we are taking, I do not see any changes with regards to the blogging process. Even with ITAR reform many systems and subsystems of a lunar mission will fall under ITAR control. Again, thank you for your understanding of the issue and let me know if you have any questions.

Nathan

August 13, 2014 1:18 PM

Alex,

I just found out that XPRIZE will be taking down all team blogs until the new website is up. In light of this recent news please hold off on trying to make any edits. I will make sure you have proper time once the blogs are back up to edit them. Thank you.

Nathan

August 13, 2014 7:43 PM

Dear friends,

Thank you for attending Dnepr LV Side Meeting at SmallSat 2014.

As I promised, attached is pdf version of our presenation.

Additional information on Kosmotras ISC and on the Dnepr LV you can get from the following site: http://kosmotras.ru/en/.

ATK provides marketing support to Kosmotras on Dnepr LV missions and we can address some intial technical and LV capability evaluation in relation to your mission, particularly in case of the necessity to exchange potentailly ITAR-controlled information (if any technical information needs to be exchanged prior to a TAA is approved by the U.S. Department of State).

Let me know if you have other related questions.

Looking forward to continuation of our contacts and hope that your missions will be included in the Dnepr LV Launch Manufest soon.

Best Regards,

Ighor Uzhinsky

August 13, 2014 8:17 PM

Уважаемый Александр!

Как продвигается Ваш проект в рамках GoogleXPrize? На сколько я понял, "Космотрас" не подошел Вам по каким-то критериям, или Вы рассматриваете альтернативы?

Сергей Кутовой просил сообщить Вам контактную информацию БК «АЦС» .

Сердюк Александр Иосифович – Генеральный директор БК «АЦС» (Украина)

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Желаю Вам и Вашей команде успехов!

С уважением,

Александр

August 13, 2014 8:17 PM

probably file has to be changed acordinly Dnepr user Guide

http://snebulos.mit.edu/projects/crm/DNEPR/Dnepr_User_Guide.pdf

page 73

that will requare

1. Line and dimensional drawings of spacecraft (including adapter) - i can do it from SW

2. Spacecraft envelope drawing - needs to create

3. Detailed drawing of the spacecraft - needs to crete

4. Detailed drawing of the spacecraft interface with adapter denoting the elements of the separation system - needs to create

5. The list of connection lines to the adapter describing their characteristics - have no idea how to crete it

6. The diagram showing the location of the separation telemetry sensors at the spacecraft/adapter interface and their characteristics - easy but needs to crete

7. Mass, Center of Gravity and inertia characteristics of the spacecraft, adapter as well as the spacecraft/adapter assembly with tolerances and deviations - needs to crete

8. Stiffness characteristics of the spacecraft - have no idea how to create 9. Data on spacecraft structural elements separated in fligh - will take a time

10. Parameters of the initial orbit in the injection point - easy but take one day

11. Injection accuracy requirements - easy - will take one day

12. Spacecraft longitudinal load constraints - have no idea

13. Constraints for dynamic pressure at the moment of fairing separation - have no idea

14. Spacecraft injection time constraints - easy but will take a time

15. The number, type and electric characteristics of the spacecraft separation system pyros - no idea

16. The list of the LV control system commands used by spacecraft - easy - take a day

17. The diagram of interface of the spacecraft on-board equipment and the LV control system - take a day

18. The list and characteristics of the spacecraft links with ground equipment

19. Schedule of processing the spacecraft at the launch complex - none

20. Spacecraft processing flow chart - take 1 day

21. Safety requirements for spacecraft operation with the LV - no idea

22. Materials describing the volume of work with the spacecraft at the processing facility in case of launch canselation

23. Initial data for accommodation of the spacecraft associated equipment at processing facility and launch complex premises - none

24. Spacecraft temperature and humidity control requirements at processing facility and launch complex - standart Baikonur waether data.

25. Initial data for spacecraft injection timeline - none

26. The list operations conducted on spacecraft during the phase of its joint flight with the LV - none;

27. The list of telemetry and trajectory measurement devices and radio frequencies used on-board the spacecraft as well as sequence of their operation - will take 2-3 days;

28. Requirements to telemetry readings to be taken at the spacecraft - none.

29. Documents confirming the completion of the spacecraft tests for static and dynamic loads with the level of loading exceeding the

actual loads acting on the spacecraft during its flight with LV - have no idea.

Can you ask about samples - espesialy about items with "no idea"

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August 17, 2014 11:41 PM

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August 17, 2014 12:52 PM

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August 18, 2014 1:44 PM Возможность орбатально полета Канадской команды Team PlanB в рамках соревнованиий Google Lunar XPRIZE.

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August 18, 2014 3:19 PM Возможность орбатально полета Канадской команды Team PlanB в рамках соревнованиий Google Lunar XPRIZE.

Уважаемый Алекс, вопрос: в случае необходимости Вы готовы ждать пуска до конца 2017 года? -----Original Message----- From: alex dobrianski [mailto:adobri@shaw.ca] Sent: 18 августа 2014 г. 19:17 Уважаемый Сергей Сергеевич, В рамках соревнований крайний срок 31 декабря 2015 года - но в нынешнем июне Google Lunar XPRIZE проинформировал всех участников, что соревнования могут быть продлены из-за того, что ни одна из комманд не сможет завершить полет в официальный срок. Официального подтверждения об изменении еще не получено (обычно организационные вопросы решаются за 3-6 месяцев). Остальные команды по моим сведениям ориентируются на 2016-2017 годы. Полет на ракетоносителе Днепр в лучшем случае может состоятся в 2016 году. Наши планы по полету на сегодняшний день- а) 2015 Июль == запуск куб-пико сателайта для отработки всех систем (навигация, коммуникация, система ориентации) б) после запуска куб-пико сателайта - главная миссия с датой == как получится. Спасибо большое за ответ. Alex Dobrianski Team PlanB

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August 19, 2014 8:17 PM Возможность орбатально полета Канадской команды Team PlanB в рамках соревнованиий Google Lunar XPRIZE.

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August 19, 2014 11:01 PM Pulsar navigation

Hi Alex, First you should read that paper: http://joataman.net/radio_astro/pulsar/stage2/docs/VelaPulsarProject_Stage2.pdf It proposes a solution similar I've suggested, An PGA103+ based LNA and an DVB-T USB dongle. They try to capture the signal from the strongest known pulsar (Vela) on 400MHz it reaches 5000mJy. With a 6dB Yagi antenna they need 4h integration time. For navigation purpose many pulsar are required. We could select all pulsars with >50mJy (76) , >25MJy (144) or >12MJy (>300) (somehow flux = ~3600 / numOfPulsars mJy) To detect the other ones we would need 20dB (or 23dB and 26dB) better signal. We can improve is by: * Increasing antenna gain (doubling adds 3dB) * Doubling the time: +1.5dB * Doubling bandwidth: +1.5dB * Doubling the systems: +1.5dB Assume we have an cubesat with some tricky antenna deployment, an cube has 8 corners which would allow maybe one antenna with ~10dB (gain = 10) for each direction. Because there are 10 systems running it will consume almost 10 times more power. It will add 4 dB compared to the Yagi from the paper We can increase the bandwidth to 100MHz, but the dispersion has to compensated. It look like that and the signal becomes a dc value: http://www.atnf.csiro.au/outreach/education/pulseatparkes/pulsar_properties.html Increasing the bandwidth would require an ADC with more than 200MSPS and an FPGA for processing. That would add another 7dB. Both together would add 11dB, maybe it is enough to see the 10 to 15 brightest pulsars. Increasing the time to 24h would allow to see about 50 pulsars. But I would guess for navigation purpose it needs a much better signal to noise ratio. For an large spacecraft such an system would work Regards, Arne

August 19, 2014 11:56 AM GLXP Impact/Hardware video

Dear Teams, Given all of the testing (and filming) currently taking place within the prize we are extending the submission deadline date for this request to September 15, 2014. Please note that while Leo Camacho is still intimately involved with GLXP and this upcoming video effort, he was just recently transitioned into XPRIZE Foundation’s Marketing Team full-time as a Graphic Designer. Therefore, all email video submissions should include Nick Azer (nick.azer@xprize.org) who will be in charge of compiling the footage. Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to reviewing all of the fantastic footage you submit! Thanks,

August 19, 2014 3:22 PM

Hey Alex, After our meeting I started thinking about how the "Mickey Mouses" could profit from our moon stuff in the near future instead of later. My approach needs some refinement and I will tell details later once I gave it some more structure. Guess I found a way to overcome the barriers I mentioned. I had your beloved bakery in mind as model customer. Just wanted to let you know that I'm working on it. On Friday I'm meeting with Robert and others. I'll keep you in the loop. Best, Jan -- Jan Klauck VP of Business Development

August 22, 2014 11:01 AM Pulsar navigation

Hi Alex, lets start with the LNA: The advantage of the PGA103+ is that is robust against large signals, the price for that is that it needs a high current, so that it can amplify strong signal and very weak signals at the same time. If you care about power the other FETs might be a better solution. But unlike the PGA103+ they are not always tune free. Maybe I have to explain the noise problem a little bit better: But you can't replace antenna gain by more amplification. On the antenna you get two signals: The signal and the noise from the envrionment, there are many noise sources like the 4K background radiation, pulsars, the sun, but also the earth which has a higher temperature than the sky. As a antenna with higher gain selects more of the signal than of the noise, the signal to noise ratio increases proportional to the gain. The amplifier which should be close to the antenna add it's own noise to the incomming signal and amplifies both. The signal to noise ratio will be decreased by the noise figure. It will be also decreased by any loss in front of the LNA. You known from the table the signal strength of the pulsars. The unknown is the noise from the system. It can be calculated with that http://www.satcom.co.uk/article.asp?article=23 To start with that you should assume a 3dB Anenna gain, 270K Antenna Noise temperature (it decreases with a high gain antenny pointed into the sky !) and the LNA data. All other values can be set to 0. With a 0.5dB noise figure on the LNA it will add about 35K to the antenna temperature (305K system temperature). With the system noise temperature and the bandwidth you can calculate the noise power http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noise_temperature For 1MHz bandwidth we would be 4.21*10^-15 W = -113.7dBm To compare the signal from the Vela Pulsar@400MHz a 400MHz dipole has a equalient surface of ~0.12m² http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=5000mJy+*+0.12m%C2%B2+*+1MHz SO the signal from the pulsar is only 6*10^-21 W = -172dBm That is a 60dB below the noise floor. That can easily confirm the hours of acquisition time from the paper. Note that the most other pulsars are 10 to 20dB weaker Back to the noise power: As the DVB-T receivers have a typical sensitivity of ~85dBm. A single preamp with ~20dB should be enough, a filter might require a second stage. Cascading to many amplifiers will not work, because at some point the signal will clip in the ADC. to prevent that you can use an http://www.analog.com/static/imported-files/data_sheets/AD8367.pdf as last stage The main problem seams to be the antenna, a higher gain would decrease the envrionmental temperature, but it needs to be pointed to the pulsar. For a cubesat it is very problematic, on earth a few yagi antennas could be algined and track the pulsars (with at least one axis to compensate the eartn rotation). Arne On Tuesday 19 August 2014 18:08:10 alex dobrianski wrote: > Thanks Arne, > > Way! It is good .pdf! > I need to read it couple times. But after quick look - it confirming that > approach is correct. > > When I did pulsars's selections - I choose pulsars with -50dBm LNA required > - (LNA which I already did for my communication == 3 LNA x -12 dBm in > cascade == was working perfectly == -36dBm current consumption 15ma). As > (after first reading .pdf) it mentioned - authors used -20dBm and antenna - > 6dB Yagi. Antena can be substituted to 1 additional LNA with -12dBm. Also > we can use GPS's RF-front-ends they are by definition -20dBm, working on > 1.5Mhz and already has ADC. In my list are 200 good pulsars - one problem - > they are around center of our galaxy, in space it is OK, on the surface of > the moon maybe, - but on earth pulsar must be in zenith == can be a > problem. > > I also have to look at PGA103+ - what this beast is doing - in yesterday > conversation I was confused PGA103+ with FPGA == sorry. Digikey has > microchip with the same abbreviation (PGA103U) but it is TI instead of > Micro-Circults, and it is low frequency. I am using SKY67014-396LF it is > .5GHz ~ 3GHz, 12dB, noice 0.95dB, 3 V ~ 5.5 V, 5mA According spec PGA103+ > uses 97ma and SKY67014-396LF uses 5ma (20 times less) - with the same noise > figure on 0.9 for 2GHz band. Also this funny L2-R2-C5 in "recommended > application circuit" - in case of SKY67014-396LF it does not needed (or > skipped). Also ESD protection - to solder all those on PCB == will be no > space. Additional components needs longer connection lines for cascades, as > result needs impedance's matching by microstrips, which is additionally > making PCB's area bigger. Plus soldering will take 4 times longer. > > I am not sure about GPS's RF-front-end -what do you think? == (SE4150L-R) > it's ADC gives 2bit per sample with 40Mhz - to record 1 second it is 10MB > only - I am planing to use CY7C1041CV33-20ZSXE (SRAM - Asynchronous, 4M > (256K x 16), 20ns, Parallel, 3 V ~ 3.6 V,) 10 of it (agree balky! and power > hungry 120ma*10=1.2A!) will gives 40Mb - enough to record 4 sec - for > prototyping it is OK, but this is for 1.5GHz. > > > Alex >

August 22, 2014 12:58 PM

Hey a guy at work recommended Maker Labs or Maker Vancouver. Did you check them out yet? They are located on Kingsway, right by Main in that little triangle section. Apparently have have 3d printers, laser cutters and whole bunch of fabrication equipment. You can go and work there apparently. Sent from my BlackBerry device on the Rogers Wireless Network From: alex dobrianski Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:41:37 To: Sergei Dobrianski; andrei adobri; alex ivanov Subject: Fwd: Tinkerine Studios Begins Workshops This morning I just told Luda about the name "technology workshop" (Instead of "astronautics/space school/college/university")

August 22, 2014 3:48 PM

Hi, no in that case the noise will be clipped. As soon you have a gain of 123dB the -113.7dBm would amplified 10dBm (+-1V on 50Ohm) a litte bit more gain and it doesn't fit in to an ADC range. In some cases like for GPS it is possible to use an 1 bit ADC, but that is only possible because of the spread spectrum modulation, which has an demodulation gain. You question about if the 2bit GPS front end can be used, I would say it is not a good idea. If we would know the phase information we could navigate with better than 1m resolution, by correlating the known signal with the input from the antenna (like for GPS) Because that is not an option a 2bit ADC would add a lot quantization noise, which would reduce the SNR. Multiple channels are possible, but it is not possible to share the same antenna to feed multiple receivers. If you use multiple channels it is like increasing the time (but with less timing problems), but a better option is to use antennas with a higher gain and observe only an part of the sky. In that case the gain will improve by 3dB (not 1,5dB) for doubling the hardware. Te antenna size doesn't have to increase, as it is possible to combine them to an to an array (like mimo on WIFI) As the polarization is not known or most likely random any any type should have a similar performance (h,v,cw,ccw), Using a both polarization adds 1.5dB, that make sensor for a huge parabolic dish, but not if a second antenna can add 3dB if it operates on the same polarization. You can combine two antennas with a 3dB hybrid, or a butler matrix to combine more antennas. But you get the same number of outputs, but the signal is concentrated in one of the outputs. (direction depended) Arne On Friday 22 August 2014 15:52:13 alex dobrianski wrote: > Hi Arne, > > Thank you very much - About noise - I got it. > > I understand that on ADC will be a clip, but we are particularity looking > for the clip event (two events representing the == pulsar's-period + > Distance-from-first-to-second-observation*cos(angle-btw-vector-and-pulasr'S > -direction)/C ). Standing still on Earth and Lunar surface, or flying on the > orbit gives predetermine "trajectory" of the receiver. One observation > gives conical type of surface to a direction of the pilsar, and after > second observation needs to find parallel line for two surfaces == to find > the trajectory. Next clip event needs to search not all over the megabytes > of data but rather in predetermine time interval. "Unclip" event can be > used as a double conformation. > > As I assuming (hypothesis??) that pulsar noise is good random polarization - > then any polarized antenna can be used to get better gain (for cubsat I > already tested helical > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9unmmf44sc&list=UUG1K1dw-UQcFw-4Eyddl50w > (sec == 3.09) it is 9dB and for picosat > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6kDwBE5iuQ&list=UUG1K1dw-UQcFw-4Eyddl50w > (sec== 2.01) which I believe should be better that helical. Attitude > control for cube/pico should be able to find direction to a pulsar based on > solar direction. > > What about the multiple channels? - if to accumulate observation > simultaneously on 8 channels - noise on different frequencies will be > different, but pulsar's noise will be the same - that will give another 9 > dB. > > Thanks again - my knowledge in electronics is on kindergarten state! > > Alex

August 22, 2014 4:15 PM

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August 24, 2014 5:59 PM

Popular discussions in: Google Lunar X PRIZE Dear, I understand that entries to Google Lunar X PRIZE are completed. ?Is there any way to...

August 24, 2014 7:20 PM

Dear Colleagues in the GLXP competition. Following the email of 23 of June 2014, this is the second update on the sponsorship discussions with Shell. After the last email, it turned out, that our previous contact person, Steve Wheeler, was leaving Shell to continue a different activity, and with the summer vacation in the middle, it has taken considerably time and effort to identify and contact the new person in Shell, that will be handling the case. This has now happened. The news is good and bad: Shell continues to be interested in Sponsoring the competition (with the details still to be arranged), but is in the middle of a larger management discussion about the overall collaborations and sponsorship involvement on the corporate level, and only when there top level discussions (which are not relevant for the GLXP competition) have been concluded, can a more detailed discussion take place. We have agreed with the new contact person to stay in touch in around one month time. Yours sincerely Palle Haastrup, Team Euroluna

August 25, 2014 12:06 PM

Join us on Thursday, September 11 for our Next Meeting Our speakers will include: Yaroslav Pustovyi - CSCA Director and co-founder and Vice President of Space 1 Systems Inc. Yarko will present a short (10 minute) proposal for the creation of a Suborbital group within the association as a new project. Grant Bonin, Mission Manager, UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory - The mission of the UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) is to lower the entry barrier to space for a wide range of end-users. Its customers include small and large private companies, research institutions, and governments around the world, many of whom would not be able to afford space missions at conventional costs. SFL’s goal is to apply the philosophy of “microspace" to addressing a wide range of mission objectives, thereby expanding the possible applications that are within reach of organizations with limited budgets. SFL continues to challenge the state-of-the-art in space mission performance while achieving remarkably low cost, but without sacrificing quality or introducing risk. This talk will provide an overview of the recent and future missions being undertaken by the UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory, as well as the expanding scientific and commercial applications of small satellites. TBA Space is limited but we still have some room for you to attend this free event. Please contact us using this link to reserve your space. You have until Monday at noon to let us know. We hope to see you there.

August 25, 2014 1:52 PM

Добрый день У меня есть время в среду и в пятницу после 6:00 вечера и в любой день после 9:00 вечера. Аньки нет до среды, но насколько я понимаю нужен в основном я и станок. Адрес: Алексей

August 26, 2014 1:45 PM

Hi Alex & Sergei & everyone at Plan B, We've been doing a series of Google+ Hangouts with the Google Lunar XPRIZE teams, and we'd love to have Plan B on for the next one! We love the video blogs you guys do, and it'd be great to hear more about all the cool 3D printing you've done, your trip to Ukraine recently, the Lunaro coins, and more. The Hangouts tend to be a more colloquial way for fans to get a feel for the personalities, ideas, and state of the competition. They're hosted by space hangouts veteran Dr. Pamela L. Gay, who is awesome. She'll manage all the technical and setup aspects of the webcast, including a test run etc. Here's the playlist of all seven we have done so far: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkAQDY8Hwzg&list=PLwuQGMPDT-L9GG_NoMWxI-wzTxENTi6Z3 We're looking to have the event on Tuesday, September 19th at 7pm PST. Would you guys be available to join the Hangout? Nick Azer Digital Content Curator, Google Lunar XPRIZ

August 27, 2014 6:54 PM amplifiers

400 -2500 http://www.digikey.ca/product-detail/en/MAX2640EUT%2BT/MAX2640EUT%2BTCT-ND/774146 http://datasheets.maximintegrated.com/en/ds/MAX2640-MAX2641.pdf http://www.digikey.ca/product-detail/en/MGA-71543-TR1G/516-2509-1-ND/2744935 file:///C:/Users/alexd.ABSOLUTE/Downloads/AV02-3597EN+DS+MGA-71543+08Jun2012%252C0.pdf http://www.digikey.ca/product-detail/en/SKY65047-360LF/863-1265-6-ND/2408499 http://www.skyworksinc.com/uploads/documents/201084D.pdf http://www.digikey.ca/product-detail/en/BGA%20628L7%20E6327/BGA%20628L7%20E6327CT-ND/2410162 http://www.infineon.com/dgdl/bga628l7_preliminary.pdf?folderId=db3a30431f848401011fcbf2ab4c04c4&fileId=db3a304325afd6e00126286eb3622229 RF detector http://www.digikey.ca/product-detail/en/ADL5500ACBZ-P7/ADL5500ACBZ-P7CT-ND/1206751 http://www.analog.com/static/imported-files/data_sheets/ADL5500.pdf http://www.analog.com/static/imported-files/data_sheets/ADL5504.pdf http://www.analog.com/static/imported-files/data_sheets/AD8361.pdf http://cds.linear.com/docs/en/datasheet/5537fa.pdf http://www.analog.com/static/imported-files/data_sheets/AD8318.pdf Mixer http://cds.linear.com/docs/en/datasheet/5560f.pdf http://media.digikey.com/pdf/Data%20Sheets/Analog%20Devices%20PDFs/AD8343.pdf 400 0.187375 171.106265772 220.207582318 420 0.17845 162.953089067 209.72150697 440 0.17035 155.540892773 200.188711198 460 0.162925 148.773028951 191.48485419 261 480 0.15615 142.568957635 183.506318598 500 0.1499 136.861025238 176.166065854 520 0.144125 131.5919864 169.390447937 540 0.1388 126.713076542 163.116727643 30000000 300000

August 28, 2014 1:316 PM update - keep

Interesting speculation, it makes sense why Dnepr wanted to talk with us about an in with the Canadian space agency. It also makes sense because they mentioned that they are about to modernize their engine manufacturing. If ur speculation holds true then it was really good we came in contact with uzhnoya directly because we wouldnt have made that direct connection with dnepr via the Kosmotras channel. And yeah they responded really quick to us and with less requirements. A meeting with csa is necessary at this point! On Aug 28, 2014 12:17 PM, "alex dobrianski" wrote: 1. According the information, in Denpropetrovsk region was discussed "Plan B" == .[..... ....] "Azovmash" (located in Mariupol) is one of builders of new launch facility. 2. Analyzing the time of the response to Serg's yesterday e-mail from Kosmotras (plus information from Holland) - I'll say that probably some "space" industry decisions will be made soon - around middle of the September. 3. Serg need the reinforcement - It is clear that to succeed in Lunar endeavor can be by a group of young people (<30, 35 max) only. Job (and money to find new goals for "next space") will be given to youngsters, and probably in a time frame of next 1-2 years. The age of people from "Canopus systems" is the sample, and experience, as usual, not really important. 4. GLXPRIZE blog post was restored this week. Alex.

August 28, 2014 5:58 PM

Dear Teams, Our Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE team is holding the below Fundraising tutorial/conference call next week. They were nice enough to extend the invitation to GLXP teams so please feel free to follow the below prompts if this is something that you are interested in. Please let me know if you have any questions… Dear QTXP Finalist Teams, You are invited to take part in two private, early-stage investment training sessions with David S. Rose, chairman of the New York Angels, author of Angel Investing, and serial entrepreneur/investor. David will provide two introductory courses on raising funds from early-stage investors including "Intro to Fundraising" and "Intro to Pitching a VC." Both sessions will be conducted as webinars per the following schedule: · Wednesday, September 3rd at 9am PT: "Intro to Fundraising: How to Finance Your Team " Access Code: 584-625-125 Meeting ID: 584-625-125 · Thursday, September 4th at 9am PT: "Intro to Pitching a VC" Access Code: 968-889-973 Meeting ID: 968-889-973 Come prepared to learn from one of the best in the business. What GUST is and how it integrates: Gust is the world's largest early-stage investment platform and community.

August 29, 2014 12:22 PM

Hi, I think your mJy to dBm conversion is wrong. AT 400MHz a 12dB Antenna as an equalient surface of 1m² : http://www.satsig.net/link-budget.htm (enter 0.4 GHz 1m² and efficiency 1) If you multiplay the strength in mJy , the surface and the Bandwidth, you get the power: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=0.1+mJy+*+100MHz+*+1m%C2%B2 The result would be: 0.1mJy * 1m² * 100MHz = -190dBm 12dB are possible: 3dB for a dipole + >3dB for the reflector. Because the width of the patch the gain increases more. I will read the rest later. Arne On Thursday 28 August 2014 16:12:14 alex dobrianski wrote: > Hi Arne, > > attached : > - list of candidates for 400MGz (Cnd1 == range -39dBm, till -57dBm, or > >70mJy) (Cnd2 == range -39dBm, till -77dBm, or >10mJy) - list of candidates > 2000mHz (range -69dBm till -84dBm >0.1 mJy) > Famous #259 B0833-45 included. > > Can you confirm that I did correct conversion mJy => dBm in those attached > files? > > I want to choose from this amplifiers - > a) http://datasheets.maximintegrated.com/en/ds/MAX2640-MAX2641.pdf > b) > http://www.digikey.ca/product-detail/en/MGA-71543-TR1G/516-2509-1-ND/274493 > 5 c) http://www.skyworksinc.com/uploads/documents/201084D.pdf > d) > http://www.infineon.com/dgdl/bga628l7_preliminary.pdf?folderId=db3a30431f84 > 8401011fcbf2ab4c04c4&fileId=db3a304325afd6e00126286eb3622229 > > detectors: > http://www.analog.com/static/imported-files/data_sheets/ADL5500.pdf > http://www.analog.com/static/imported-files/data_sheets/ADL5504.pdf > http://www.analog.com/static/imported-files/data_sheets/AD8361.pdf > http://cds.linear.com/docs/en/datasheet/5537fa.pdf > http://www.analog.com/static/imported-files/data_sheets/AD8318.pdf > > can you give the suggestion - which one will be best by your opinion? > > antenna - microstrip patch sizes for different channels == calculations are > from > http://www.iosrjournals.org/iosr-jece/papers/Vol7-Issue4/B0740813.pdf?id=66 > 76 Freq Sizes in mm x mm > 400MHz 171.106265772 220.207582318 > 420MHz 162.953089067 209.72150697 > 440MHz 155.540892773 200.188711198 > 460MHz 148.773028951 191.48485419 261 > 480MHz 142.568957635 183.506318598 > 500MHz 136.861025238 176.166065854 > 520MHz 131.5919864 169.390447937 > 540MHz 126.713076542 163.116727643 > each should be around -12dBm - I do not understand how microstrip patch can > give such big gain? - Do you have any idea? > > After amplification (2-3 cascade of -25 dBm) I need ether 8 ADC or mix 8 > signals together (to cancel noise). I want on first stage just analog mix. > Or use mixers - http://cds.linear.com/docs/en/datasheet/5560f.pdf > http://media.digikey.com/pdf/Data%20Sheets/Analog%20Devices%20PDFs/AD8343.pd > f > > what will be your suggestion? > > After ADC - next is easy for me - four 256K x 16 memory can hold the data > two 3sec in case of 400,000 samples per sec or just required time window > with 40,000,000 sampling rate. if mixer will be analog (after amplifying) > that it will be enough to have 1 PIC controller with processing on PC all > data. if it will be digital mixing - that will be 4 x 8 memory SMD and 4 > PIC's > > 8 Antenna's making will take 1 weekend. Plus PCB manufacturing == 1 week. > PCB with all elctronics == 2 iterations == 2 weeks > Software: > - it will take 1 week to modify http://96.49.96.50/SatCtrl/Simulation.aspx > (Java + C# + C) for visualization of pulsars (needs to know - when to watch > the pulsar) - and software for processing pulsar signal == unknown. > > > What do you think? > > Jan- > If it will be some possibility - can somebody help me with visualization? - > it will be java or C# > > Alex >

August 30, 2014 4:46 PM Pulsar navigation

Howdy Alex, > Jan- If it will be some possibility - can somebody help me with visualization? - it will be java or C# I'll ask around on Sunday. I remember that this serves as a starting point: https://github.com/alexdobrianski/SATCTRL Any more requirements? Or things to look for that are beyond Java/C# programmers who aren't web-oriented? From browsing the above I see that it's web-based. Is this the intended final result? cu Jan -- Jan Klauck VP of Business Development

September 5, 2014 3:35 PM Возможность орбатально полета Канадской команды Team PlanB в рамках соревнованиий Google Lunar XPRIZE.

Уважаемый Алекс! К сожалению, из-за ряда факторов у нас продолжается неопределенность со сроком первого пуска. Ситуация должна проясниться ближе к концу года, после выборов президента Бразилии. Если Вы не против, лучше перенести наши переговоры, чтобы иметь ясность по срокам. С уважением, С.Гученков

September 8, 2014 2:18 PM

Hi Teams, As mentioned before, XPRIZE (including GLXP) is in the process of a full website revamp. The new site will launch sometime this week (current target: September 10th). We are currently addressing several issues one of which is team blogging. Please note that our blogging platform will be down for a bit and we will let you know as soon as it has been addressed.

September 10, 2014 5:28 AM Возможность орбатально полета Канадской команды Team PlanB в рамках соревнованиий Google Lunar XPRIZE.

Уважаемый Алекс! Вроде бы все кандидаты поддерживают проект, однако в данный момент (предвыборный) приоритеты другие. Сейчас сложно предсказать, кто победит, но ясно одно - второго тура не избежать. С уважением, С.Гученков