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Name in Space - $10
Our partnership with the JURBAN Google Lunar X PRIZE team will get your names (or anything else up to 40 characters) into space on microchips like NASA, where it will be transmitted out to the universe via radio waves and audio waves The audio wave transmissions will be used for educational purposes, to show that sound waves do not travel in the vacuum of space. As the saying goes, "In space, no one can hear you scream." Your name will be stored in the GDB EEPROM memory and output via the EMIC2 text-to-speech module with custom finished GDB code.
With the GDB & EMIC you can create a talking robot too.
Mars One Sticker & Patch - $15
This high gloss oval 4.5 x 2.7 inch sticker goes great on laptops and Cube Sats. We have already ordered twenty from Zazzle, so the reorder process will be easy.
This eight color thread 3 x 4 inch patch has heat seal backing so you can put it on any fabric. We have already finished the artwork conversion and quote process with custompatches.net
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Aerospace Alloys - $24
This aerospace rated metal alloy is hard to buy in small quantities, but you can have some of ours. Kaiser's Aerospace Aluminum Alloy 7075 is registered in MMPDS-04 which is known to be used by the all departments and agencies of the Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). YOu could CNC it into a small rocket or just use it as a paper weight.
7068-T6511 Aerospace Aluminum Alloy
| |The Bare Essentials - $25
Start building your own Gravity Development Board (It’s open source) Get a bare space tolerant six-layer Thermoset or Polyimide’s Tg or Roger 4003 based Printed Circuit Board (hardest part to design yourself), and add the Integrated Circuits as you buy them later. Receive a recorded copy of a one (1) hour video teleconference between a Sol-X team member and the public ($201 prize level), were we discuss the tips and tricks of PCB assembly. Here is an example video
with slides (coming soon).
Two-layer GDB Alpha Board
| |3D Printed Model - $45
Use Sol-X’s Z150 and Z250 3D printers to show off with one (1) three cubic inch 3D printed model of any CAD file you have. If you can’t think of anything we would suggest a Sol Spike aerospike thruster
, a Saturn V rocket
, or a J-2X rocket engine
. To the right are some items Sol-X and the JURBAN Google Lunar X PRIZE team have printed using Z150 3D printers.
JURBAN GLXP internal robot components
T-Shirt - $50
Obligatory, but awesome T-Shirt. Impress your friends with one (1) limited edition “Mars is Far” space geek shirt. It contains the actual calculation for the distance to Mars using a simple Hohmann Transfer.
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| |Base GDB - $105
One (1) assembled GDB with all open hardware designs and user documentation. Includes the GDB’s open source software and social media shout out.
What would you make with the Gravity Development Board? Leave comments here
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| |The GDB Kit - $155
One (1) assembled GDB with a 2 GB SD card with all open hardware designs and user documentation. Includes GDB proprietary beta software, one (1) Sol-X space geek shirt, one (1) Mars One mission patch, one (1) Mars One sticker, social media shout out and the GDB’s open source software & 12 Block™ GUI (The Software - $79 donation level)
See Louisiana Tech Universities Lunar Wormbot here
Kit given to Louisiana Tech University for Lunar Wormbot
| |Right out the box - $199
Get going right out of the box! One (1) assembled GDB with Parallax Prop Plug for programming along with the PRT-0039 Li-Po battery from SparkFun. Includes a 2 GB SD card, GDB proprietary beta software, one (1) Sol-X space geek shirt, one (1) Mars One mission patch, one (1) Mars One sticker, and social media shout out.
Start converting Analog signals to Digital bytes for processing in less than 10 minutes and two lines of code using this
Small Advertiser - $200 & Large Advertiser - $500
Welcome small advertisers! Ad space on up to 400units of GDB product boxes (6.25% of box surface area). You supply the design which is subject to approval by Sol-X. Also included are one (1) Sol-X space geek shirt, one (1) Mars One mission patch, one (1) Mars One sticker, and social media shout out.
Large advertisers are welcome too! Ad space on up to 400 units of GDB product boxes (12.5% of box surface area). You supply the design which is subject to approval by Sol-X. Also included are one (1) Sol-X space geek shirt, one (1) Mars One mission patch, one (1) Mars One sticker, and social media shout out.
Draft Box - Layout fixed, but the graphics may change
| |Build it yourself - $201
Build your own board with the GDB design team! One (1) hour video teleconference with a Sol-X team member to discussing the tips and tricks of PCB assembly and Reflow with up to a four (4) person group. Receive one (1) compete unassembled
GDB with Parallax Prop Plug
for programming and Li-Po battery
. Includes a 2 GB SD card, GDB proprietary beta software, one (1) Sol-X space geek shirt, one (1) Mars One mission patch, one (1) Mars One sticker, and social media shout out.
Want to know what this means?
| |Own a piece of Space History - $1000 (limit of 1)
Be the proud owner of space history. Receive signatures of all four (4) astronauts of the final NASA Space shuttle mission STS-135 on a colored 8.5 x 11 inch poster. Includes one (1) assembled GDB with Parallax Prop Plug for programming with Li-Po battery and 2 GB SD card, GDB proprietary beta software, one (1) Sol-X space geek shirt, one (1) Mars One mission patch, one (1) Mars One sticker, and social media shout out.
Left to Right: Rex Walheim
, Douglas Hurley
, Christopher Ferguson
, and Sandra Magnus
Real signatures of the final four NASA Shuttle astronauts.
Own a piece of space - $5,000 (limit of 1)
Be the proud owner of space itself. Receive one (1) nine (9) milligram piece of the Moon! Includes one (1) assembled GDB with Parallax Prop Plug for programming with Li-Po battery and 2 GB SD card, GDB proprietary beta software, one (1) Sol-X space geek shirt, one (1) Mars One mission patch, one (1) Mars One sticker, and social media shout out.
Meet and Greet at JSC - $10,000 (limit of 10)
Meet the man behind the board. Blaze Sanders, Sol-X Founder and CTO will provide a four (4) hour in-person briefing with Q&A on space exploration, GDB development, or any other space related topic. Along with a field trip inside the Apollo 13 mission control center. Sit at Gene Kranz’s station (Mission controller for Apollo 11 and Apollo 13). Travel covered by Sol-X for any in Continental United States. Includes personal delivery of one (1) assembled GDB with Parallax Prop Plug for programming with Li-Po battery and 2 GB SD card, GDB proprietary beta software, one (1) Sol-X space geek shirt, one (1) Mars One mission patch, one (1) Mars One sticker, and social media shout out.
Sol-X CTO Blaze Sanders in FFD IVA suit
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NASA and the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) used the GDB as a high power driver (23.4 Watts) for its Firgelli L16
linear actuators and as the control and communication system for the entire Lunar Wormbot.
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| |During undergrad at Johns Hopkins University Zain Syed played Rihanna's "Disturbia" with plasma speakers using the L298 Full H-Bridges, which can be found on the GDB. In this application the L298 was used to drive the high-voltage transformer on and off. The L298's polarity reversal capability was not used.
What song would you play?
| |Jessica Tham, Connor Nicholson, and Chris Clark of Louisiana Tech University designed a regolith sampler and auger control system for the NASA Lunar Wormbot mentioned above. Together these system were designed to drill 15 meters below the lunar surface and collect
samples for a
n innovative miniature Scanning Electron Microscope designed by Dr Jessica Gaskin of MSFC. - LINK
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Current navigational technologies are unable to provide on-site navigation from building to building at large campuses and very few alternative solutions exist. In the document below we describe J-NAV, a comprehensive GPS-based hardware solution that provides building to building directions at the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus. Since J-NAV utilizes a standardized database (stored on the GDB) for storage of GPS coordinates and path information, given the proper data about a location J-NAV can be programmed to provide navigation solutions at any campus.
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During grad school at Johns Hopkins University Zain Syed created a laser projection system that can create anything put into its display RAM. The L298 Full H-Bridge, which can be found on the Gravity Development Board was used to make the vertical mirror oscillate back and forth at a specific frequency to create the vertical scanning. That's the parallel horizontal lines you see during the start.
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Sol-X's R & D project, codenamed "RL Mark VI" is using the GDB to implement a I-Cube Touch Glove
control system, a YEI 3-Space
IMU based Navigation, Guidance, and Control (GNC) system, and a custom high intensity LED / camera chest piece called Arc Reactor Camera,
for its Ironman like space skydiving suit.
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Possible Future Applications
Sol-X has been in discussion with the following organizations to use the GDB in their future products.
"Awesome! In the realm of propulsion and power, simple and reliable industrial controllers are needed for local control and instrumentation. This is particularly important in man-rated deep-space propulsion systems where system responsiveness and stability are crucial to performance and safety. What we really need is a small standardized computer with a high-speed multi channel SPI abstraction that can easily interface with our in-house expansion modules. This would greatly reduce my team's work and, in my opinion, reduce the risk of the overarching effort as the challenging parts of the digital/computer system can be handled by experts at Sol-X, rather than my propulsion team. Ultimately, the Gravity Development Board may allow my team to focus on our task at hand - propulsion and power. Thanks for the help, SolX!" - Graham Orr CEO at Space Energetics
Lunar Space Elevator
Vulcan Aerospace Logo
New Space start-up Vulcan Aerospace plans to use the GDB to implement its Cyro-Vortex Rebreather
(CVR). The cryogenic-vortex process promises a better way to scrub CO2 out of breathing gas, without the logistical burden of absorbents used in traditional rebreathers. Pros:
No moving parts. No electrical power. No absorbent to replace in the middle of a dive or extravehicular activity. Simplified operation compared to traditional rebreathers. Potentially less breathing resistance. Smaller tanks because cryogen is much more dense than gaseous air.
New Space veteran Open Luna
has been in discussion with Sol-X to use the GDB for the Navigation, Guidance, and Control (GNC) system and cockpit video display driver of its one person Lunar Lander
. The lander is designed with dimensions similar to a phone booth, with a space-suited astronaut inside it, the majority of the landing mass is the astronaut.
The GDB may also be used in Open Luna's Lunar Surface Suit (LSS
). Beyond the minimum physical requirements, such as a 120 hour continuous pressurized time for NASA's Constellation needs, close examination of existing analogue usage suggests that the following features should also be included in both analogue and space-worthy suits; an internally available food supply, drinking water supply, carbon dioxide, liquid and solid waste disposal, in-suit communications and navigation with redundant systems, temperature control, remote medical access, long duration radiation shielding, personal in-situ resource utilization, environmental protection, mobile power sources, and resource recycling.
Open Luna Lander
Lunar Surface Suit
The GDB is the first space tolerant, open hardware prototyping board that can sense and control the environment. Optimized to eliminate high development costs and decrease time spent prototyping, the GDBs rich design capabilities will empower engineers, designers, teachers, students and small businesses to create in an environment limited only by their imaginations. Learn more at the Rockethub.com Page
Sol-X is looking for people who are committed to space and love everything about exploring it. We have one UNPAID internship position open at our Cortland, NY location for an Electrical Engineer.
If you are interested email your resume to email@example.com with subject line "Sol-X Rocks"
If I had Glass, I would integrate them into Sol-X's Final Frontier Design spacesuit system. Then I would sell the system to Olav Zipser, so that he could beat Red Bull Stratos' record for the fastest free fall speed by an unaided human (Mach 1.25) aka Real life Star Trek
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The Sol-X Team
- Blaze Sanders - CTO & CEO
- Emily Mosher - CCO
- Kunal Ajmera - CBO
- Drake Frank - ME
- Seth Aulton - EE
"Sol-X wants to give you a chance to jump from 62 miles above the Earth. By creating an "Ironman" suit for pitch, yaw, and roll control while falling through the upper atmosphere."
Damaged capsule on July 25 Credits: Red Bull Stratos
Solar System Express (Sol-X) is betting on it. Felix Baumgartner, is gearing up for an attempt at a record breaking 36,576 m skydive sometime in the beginning of October.
If he completes his mission it will prove that humans can survive breaking the sound barrier in free fall, without a plane.
However as people want to go higher and faster, they will need a human wearable control system to stop themselves from spinning out of control. Sol-X's RL Mark VI system contains boots, Augmented Reality goggles, and an integrated finger control system that will make 36,576+ m jumps possible.
Solar System Express turning Sci-fi dreams
. See a hardware demo around Jan 16 at Johns Hopkins Wyman Quad. Click here
for more info here.
Among extraterrestrial bodies in our solar system, Mars is singular in that it possesses all the raw materials required to support not only life, but a new branch of human civilization. This uniqueness is illustrated most clearly if we contrast Mars with the Earth's Moon, the most frequently cited alternative location for extraterrestrial human colonization. - By Dr Robert Zubrin http://www.nss.org/settlement/mars/zubrin-colonize.html
Sol-X is looking for people who are committed to space and love everything about exploring it. Internships start June 1, 2011 and pay $10 - $12 per hour depending on your experience and skills.
Sol-X is looking to hire a Mechanical Engineer, a Computer Science major/person with iPad and Android programming skills, along with a Business and/or Law major. Phone interviews start Jan 15, 2011. If you are interested email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org