Despite the particulars, the general question of minimal orbital
machinery is still interesting.
Maybe this is something our folks working on orbital transition
mechanics would want to look at?
> Interesting, thanks for pointing it out!
> Unfortunately, I'm loathe to have us publically associate
> with these people, who have already made public comments
> such as "The awarders of the prize strongly discourage the
> seeking of permits, and the cost of such permits will be
> considered part of the cost of the launch", and "Costs for
> complying with regulations are counted, but not legal costs
> or fines for non-compliance."
> One of the things that has made it possible for us to keep
> the club going in the US in the current environment has been
> that we've scrupulously followed the rules and regs. It's
> also a safety issue---not so much for us as for the
> less-sophisticated who will try to claim this prize with
> really dangerous schemes.
> Sad. With a little better thought, this could have been a
> great goal for us.
>> I stumbled across the N-Prize the other day, a low-budget successor
>> to the X Prize. The prize is £10k for launching a 10g payload and
>> tracking it for 9 orbits purchasing under £1k of launch materials
>> before 2011-9-19. Amazingly, even though this started out as a joke
>> idea at the half-bakery (http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/N-Prize),
>> there are already six teams that have expressed interest.
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