Yes, I think the main goal is to get people to think about GPS on rockets.
 Even if we don't make an attempt this should be fun to watch.

More (selfishly) importantly I've been invited on the Evadot podcast
tomorrow morning to be an "expert" pundit of sorts about the contest and
what is hard about it, what's easy, etc.

Anyone have thoughts about it? Is it a good idea? Is it easy? How long will
it take for someone to win? Hopefully I have my facts straight about GPS
(yes I know about the ITAR or vs and in the cutoff
conditions). Anything else relevant? Why not just fly and OEM board?

I'm getting on the aRocket list now. Super annoying that it's closed.


On Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM, Jamey Sharp <> wrote:

> On Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 9:57 AM, Nathan Bergey <>
> wrote:
> >
> > 100,000 ft is not even space, only a mere 30 km. Note the requirement of
> > having GPS. Something we should already know how to do.
> Note the requirement amounts to "still getting data from the GPS
> receiver above 100k feet." ITAR limits export of GPS receivers
> "designed for producing navigation results above 60,000 feet altitude
> and at 1,000 knots velocity or greater", but as I recall, PSAS found
> that 1) American GPS makers don't want to build commercial receivers
> that they can't export, and 2) they treat the restriction as an "or".
> So maybe the real point of this challenge is to demonstrate an amateur
> GPS receiver that works well above 60k feet?
> I wish the "arocket" list archives weren't closed. I'd like to see the
> original challenge without having to subscribe.
> Also note the prize is now almost meme-compliant, at $9000. Somebody
> should throw in another dollar.
> Jamey
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