Friday, December 31, 2010

whew

That's all we'll say.

Happy New Year's from Team Phoenicia!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

IEEE Presentation: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Launch Pad


Last night, Team Phoenicia presented to a local IEEE chapter (IEEE Santa Clara Valley Consumer Electronics Society)about our efforts and how TechShop has been integral to them. The resultant presentation is here.

We are still working on getting the videos from the nanosat launcher seminar up. Due to some technical difficulties it is taking a bit longer than planned. We'll get there! We'll get there soon! Promise!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

We Snuck in Business Week!





We made it as an image and blurb under Techshop's section of Business Week's Special Report, "Focus on Entrepreneurs."

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Team Phoenicia/Techshop Nanosat Launcher Challenge Seminar Presentations


Here are the presentations from the seminar. Some we are still waiting for. We will update the post as we get them. We will be getting the video up online as we have time. Relatively close to the order that they were done is:

Andrew Petro, NASA Centennial Challenge Program, Scope and Hopes for the Centennial Challenges

Dr Andrew Kalman, Stanford University's Space and Systems Development Laboratory, The Potential of an Affordable, Responsive Nanosat Launcher

Andrew Petro, NASA Centennial Challenge Program, Draft Nanosat Launcher Challenge Rules

Sherman Council, et al, Federal Aviation Administration: rules and requirements

Paul Breed, Friends of Amateur Rocketry, What FAR is and what it can do for the NLC teams

Dr William Gutman, SpacePort America, How SPA can help the Nanosat Launcher Challenge Teams

William Baird, Team Phoenicia, What Team Phoenicia Is Doing for NLC Teams

Saturday, November 6, 2010

whew

We're done.

The planned agenda got reshuffled part way through because people needed to be off and catch planes.

Very few Techshop members, alas. The crowd was quite different than expected. However, made some good connections and may have found two more teams to help. We will see.

For all of you that came out, thank you. It was great. I think we had around 20 potential teams show up.

The videos will be uploaded some time this week.

Team Phoenicia/Techshop Nanosat Launcher Seminar: Final Update


Final Notes:

Please note that the reservations are only possible through 11 AM. After that no further reservations will be made.

Do not show up to Techshop prior to 12:30 PM. We will not be processing the people coming in until then.

We will not be letting anyone else in once we are full.

Agenda (updated 11/6/10):

1:00 PM: William Baird, Team Phoenicia, Introduction and Welcome

1:15 PM: Andrew Petro, NASA Centennial Challenge Program, Scope and Hopes for the Centennial Challenges

1:45 PM: Dr Andrew Kalman, Stanford University's Space and Systems Development Laboratory, The Potential of an Affordable, Responsive Nanosat Launcher

2:15 PM: NASA Centennial Challenge Program, Draft Nanosat Launcher Challenge Rules

3:15 PM: BREAK. Tours of Techshop Available

3:30 PM: William Baird, Team Phoenicia, How Team Phoenicia Can and Is Helping Nanosat Launcher Teams

3:50 PM: Melquiades Olivares III, Topic: Funding Nanosat Launcher Challenge Teams.

4:10 PM: BREAK, Tours of Techshop Available

4:20 PM: Dr William Gutman, SpacePort America, How SPA can help the Nanosat Launcher Challenge Teams

4:40 PM: Paul Breed, Friends of Amateur Rocketry, What FAR is and what it can do for the NLC teams

5:00 PM: Sherman Council, et al, Federal Aviation Administration: rules and requirements

6:00 PM: Nanosat Challenge Teams Panel/Micro Presentations (currently Vog Rockets, Seraphim Aerospace, possibly a mystery team)

6:30 PM: William Baird, Team Phoenicia, Closing Remarks

6:40 PM: Networking Session, official wrap at 8 PM.

Questions can be directed to nanosatseminar@teamphoenicia.org.

Reservations link:



Note (updated: 11/6/10): Reservations are now $100. We have 48 40 35 32 seats available. Your reservation is not final until payment is complete and your seat is not reserved until such time. Reservations close at 11 AM.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Team Phoenicia/Techshop Nanosat Launcher Challenge Seminar: Gathering Questions


The seminar seems to be filling up and we are now at 35 seats left if everyone shows up that has made commitments. If you are traveling to Techshop for the seminar, it is a very strong suggestion that you get a reservation. Even if you are local, it may be in your best interests to reserve a seat if you are set on participating. Reservation link is below:


Reservations link:





The FAA-AST has asked Team Phoenicia to gather questions that the community would like answered for their part of the challenge. It ought to be remembered that the rules of the challenge are not their purview. Licensing, permits, and safety of the rockets are their area of responsibility.

That said, we are willing to take questions for NASA as well so that those that cannot make it and need rules clarification can at least get the questions to the those that are going to be presenting.

So, to that end, we are asking that the community send us questions that they need answered to nanosatseminar@teamphoenicia.org. For the FAA and NASA to have any chance that we will be able to answer, we need these questions no later than Thursday noon pacific time. We will, of course, funnel in those that are late, but NASA and the FAA may not get to them.

Thank you.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Nanosat Launcher Challenge Seminar: Agenda Change (11/1/10)


NASA has informed Team Phoenicia that they have not yet selected an allied organization. Instead, NASA will be presenting the draft rules and asking for feedback. Note: the presentation of the draft rules and feedback time has been extended considerably to a full hour.

Agenda (updated 11/1/10):

1:00 PM: William Baird, Team Phoenicia, Introduction and Welcome

1:15 PM: Andrew Petro, NASA Centennial Challenge Program, Scope and Hopes for the Centennial Challenges

1:45 PM: Dr Andrew Kalman, Stanford University's Space and Systems Development Laboratory, The Potential of an Affordable, Responsive Nanosat Launcher

2:15 PM: NASA Centennial Challenge Program, Draft Nanosat Launcher Challenge Rules

3:15 PM: BREAK. Tours of Techshop Available

3:30 PM: William Baird, Team Phoenicia, How Team Phoenicia Can and Is Helping Nanosat Launcher Teams

3:50 PM: Invited. Waiting to Hear. Topic: Funding Nanosat Launcher Challenge Teams.

4:10 PM: BREAK, Tours of Techshop Available

4:20 PM: Aaron Prescott, SpacePort America, How SPA can help the Nanosat Launcher Challenge Teams

4:40 PM: Paul Breed, Friends of Amateur Rocketry, What FAR is and what it can do for the NLC teams

5:00 PM: Sherman Council, et al, Federal Aviation Administration: rules and requirements

6:00 PM: Nanosat Challenge Teams Panel/Micro Presentations (currently Vog Rockets, Seraphim Aerospace, possibly a mystery team)

6:30 PM: William Baird, Team Phoenicia, Closing Remarks

6:40 PM: Networking Session, official wrap at 8 PM.

Questions can be directed to nanosatseminar@teamphoenicia.org.

Reservations link:



Note (updated: 11/3/10): Reservations are now $75. We have 48 40 35 seats available. Your reservation is not final until payment is complete and your seat is not reserved until such time.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Team Phoenicia/Techshop Nanosat Launcher Challenge Seminar Update (10/29/10)


Team Phoenicia and TechShop are proud to announce that on November 6th, 2010 at TechShop - Menlo Park at 1 PM will host the Nanosatellite Launcher Challenge Seminar.

The agenda is almost finalized and the organizations that will be presenting are NASA Centennial Challenge Program, the TBA allied organization running the challenge, FAA, New Mexico Spaceport Authority, Friends of Amateur Rocketry, Team Phoenicia and some of the SF Bay Area teams.

The keynote speaker will be Dr Andrew Kalman of Stanford University's Space and Systems Development Laboratory. The topic of his speech will be the potential for a nanosat launcher: what it would mean for himself, other scientists, and what it could mean if there was an inexpensive and responsive nanosat launcher for the general satellite market.

The draft rules for the Challenge are planned to be presented and feedback is expected.

There are four thrusts for this seminar:

1. Promotion of the Nanosat Launcher Challenge in the SF Bay Area

2. How the different organizations including Team Phoenicia can help start-up teams

3. A working session for teams from all over the country (including giving feedback on the draft rules)

4. A networking session for those that wish to form or join teams and would like to bootstrap themselves into a competitive position.

The seminar is open to the public, but reservations are advised. Walk-ups on the day of the seminar are free, but seating is not guaranteed. Reservations are not free. Seating is limited to 100 individuals. There are approximately 60 seats remaining.

Reservations link:




Agenda (updated 10/29/10):

1:00 PM: William Baird, Team Phoenicia, Introduction and Welcome

1:15 PM: Andrew Petro, NASA Centennial Challenge Program, Scope and Hopes for the Centennial Challenges

1:45 PM: Dr Andrew Kalman, Stanford University's Space and Systems Development Laboratory, The Potential of an Affordable, Responsive Nanosat Launcher

2:15 PM: Allied Organization - Draft Nanosat Launcher Challenge Rules

3:15 PM: BREAK. Tours of Techshop Available

3:30 PM: William Baird, Team Phoenicia, How Team Phoenicia Can and Is Helping Nanosat Launcher Teams

3:50 PM: Invited. Waiting to Hear. Topic: Funding Nanosat Launcher Challenge Teams.

4:10 PM: BREAK, Tours of Techshop Available

4:20 PM: Aaron Prescott, SpacePort America, How SPA can help the Nanosat Launcher Challenge Teams

4:40 PM: Paul Breed, Friends of Amateur Rocketry, What FAR is and what it can do for the NLC teams

5:00 PM: Sherman Council, et al, Federal Aviation Administration: rules and requirements

6:00 PM: Nanosat Challenge Teams Panel/Micro Presentations (currently Vog Rockets, Seraphim Aerospace, possibly a mystery team)

6:30 PM: William Baird, Team Phoenicia, Closing Remarks

6:40 PM: Networking Session, official wrap at 8 PM.

Questions can be directed to nanosatseminar@teamphoenicia.org.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

New Sponsor: Dragon Valves



Team Phoenicia is proud to announce that Dragon Valves of Norwalk, California is now a sponsor. Dragon Valves is providing the valves for our ground testing segment of our engine development.

Dragon Valves Inc., founded in 1945, manufactures instrumentation, manifold and specialty valves. Dragon manufactures power valves in accordance with ASME Section III Class 1, 2 and 3 under its "N" stamp quality program. All valves are designed, machined, assembled, and tested in Norwalk, California.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New Sponsor: Micro/sys


Team Phoenicia is proud to announce that Microsys has become a sponsor in our question for the GLXP. Microsys' boards are to be used on The Wind at Dawn rockets as part of the avionics package. The Wind at Dawn is our 'training wheels' for the GLXP lander - much like the Zephyr Aurora is for the Nanosat Launcher teams - and the Micro/sys boards will be used for the within atmosphere flight testing.

Since 1976, Micro/sys has been specializing in OEM high-performance, compact, low-power industrial single board computer products suited for demanding environments. Pioneering the USB movement within the stackable computer market, Micro/sys is a leading provider of Host and Client USB microcomputer and microcontroller boards. Micro/sys embedded computers are specified by OEMs in a range of applications including semiconductor processing, medical, military, mail handling, pharmaceutical, industrial marking, process control, and many other industries. For more information, visit the Micro/sys website, www.embeddedsys.com.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Team Phoenicia/Techshop Nanosat Launcher Challenge Seminar Reservations Now Open



Clarifications of Reservations:

Team Phoenicia wants to make clear that the reservations for the Team Phoenicia/Techshop Nanosatellite Launcher Seminar are not required. The seminar is open to the public and you can show up on the day of. If there is sufficient seating - we have an upper limit of 100 people - then you will be ushered in. However, this will be on a first come, first serve basis. However, camping out the night before will probably only annoy the shop and the local police, so turning up too early would be ill advised. In fact, showing up before noon would probably be not a good idea.

There is an option so that you can plcae an advanced reservation. However, it isn't free. It does guarantee yourself a seat. If you place an advanced reservation between October 18 (today) and October 29th, the fee for the reservation is $50. If you place your reservation between October 30th until November 6th, the fee is $75.

The link make a reservation is here.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Team Phoenicia/Techshop Nanosat Launcher Challenge Seminar Update


It seems that news cannot come strictly good or bad. However, it must come together.

The Bads News: NO CSA


The agenda is being revised right now. Unfortunately, the California Space Authority has declined the opportunity to present. We have extended invitations to other, different individuals and organizations.

Good News: Strong Enough Interest to Warrant Reservations


On the other hand, the interest has grown so much that we are now concerned that our limited seating venue will not be sufficient. Since this seminar is rapidly approaching and currently we can take "only" 100 people, we are offering a chance for individuals place reservations. The reservations are not free: between Oct 15th to Oct 29th a reservation will cost $50 and between Oct 30th to Nov 5th it will cost $75. Reservations will only be available until the seating is filled. We will keep a count of the number of reservations left and will post running count once 50 have been filled.

HOWEVER!

It is not required. If there is space, we will be allowing people to walk in free of charge on Nov6th. However, this is on a first come-first serve basis and only for whatever the available seating is. If there is any. There are no guarantees for available seating for any but those that make the reservations.

THAT SAID, the networking session after all the presentations are done is open to everyone, even walk-ups. That will be after some time after 6 PM though.

BETTER NEWS! Presentations on youtube.


We will be posting the Nanosat Launcher Challenge Seminar presentations on youtube to the Team Phoenicia channel.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Launch Pad


Or it ought to be subtitled: Why Team Phoenicia is involved with the Nanosat Launcher Challenge Seminar.

Team Phoenicia has been focused on the Google Lunar X Prize from the outset. We have been working hard to try to pull together the funding, programming, and manufacturing that is necessary for the team to participate. That has been our sole goal.

The reason we attempted to participate in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge was merely to act as a demonstration step only. Whether or not we won or not - while it would have been nice - was not that relevant to our ultimate goal. What was relevant was the ability to gain credibility with sponsors and the like. That the LLC, even if we didn't successfully fly, did do.

So when this last summer NASA announced the Nanosatellite Launcher Challenge, we took note, nodded, thought it was pretty darn cool, and went back to work. It wasn't relevant to what we were doing. Yes, it could have been a great method of getting a half-step to an large payload orbital rocket. That would be useful to our GLXP goal. However, it'd be many years away from success.

So, we ignored the NLC.

At least until another past challenge participant came to us asking if we'd like to team up to tackle the NLC.

The management team took a moment and thought about it. Could we do this? Should we do this? Do we have time?

The answer was no.

We really, truly did not time to participate in the NLC. There's a lot of management work above and beyond the manufacturing and we were not gaining another set of managers and fundraisers with this. So, we declined to participate. However, we offered a fig leaf: if you pay us - we half joked - we'll build you what you need.

After all, we need the funds for the GLXP. Cash, truly, has been the hardest thing to raise for our entry. If we could raise a chunk of our GLXP entry fee, then we would hae a win-win situation.

The our would-be NLC team mates thought this one over. And we talked about it with another group. They were even more excited. They had wanted to participate in the GLXP with us, but we reall didn't have places for them. However, they were very enthusiastic.

Thus, Vog Rockets, was born of the second group and our first contract was signed. The mystery team quickly followed from the first group. Team Phoenicia was - we were joking - becoming the Bay Area Boeing of Rocketry. Then we had more teams show up with interest in what we were doing. Two of which we are now in negotiations with.

With the level of interest we had, we approached Techshop about getting word out to their members to see if there were more teams that might develop from its crazy inventive members. At least as a springboard from what we could offer. Techshop countered that rather than just send out a mail with that sort of info, better yet would be a seminar. Others had done seminars at Techshop and had great turn outs: "and rockets are so much cooler!"

The only caveat was that we needed to provide enough information for teams to have an accurate assessment of what was involved in the NLC. That we agreed with, so we set out to build up the seminar into something more than just an overgrown sales pitch.

And grew it did. Now the Team Phoenicia/Techshop Nanosat Launcher Challenge Seminar has grown into a very large function where any would-be paritcipate can get a realistic assessment of what it would take to participate rules and legal and tech as well as have a chance to influence the rules when they are being drafted. it also allows people of like mind to network and put together teams.

We're really excited by this prospect. We are really excited by the opportunity to bend metal (and spin composites) for teams that wish to reach orbit. It's also a lot more fun for the team to do to raise money for our GLXP bid than going around hat-in-hand as we have been.

We are also really, really stoked over the prospect of actually making a contribution through being able to pull together the various players for rocket flight for what has almost become a conference in and of itself.

What exactly we are doing for the teams, we'll detail in the future at the conference. For those that wish to not wait, please contact us. We're happy to talk. Under NDA. Even to sell you a rocket. If you meet our criteria.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

New Sponsor: ASCO Valve



Team Phoenicia is proud to announce that ASCO Valves are providing some of our cryogenic valves for use on The Wind at Dawn class rockets.

Friday, October 1, 2010

It's Wonderful.


UPDATED on 11/1/10: Update and refreshed agenda. Please see there for more recent information.

Team Phoenicia and TechShop are proud to announce that on November 6th, 2010 at TechShop - Menlo Park at 1 PM will host the Nanosatellite Launcher Challenge Seminar.

The agenda is firming up, but organizations that will be presenting are NASA Centennial Challenge Program, the To Be Announced allied organization running the challenge, FAA, California Space Authority, New Mexico Spaceport Authority, Team Phoenicia and some of the SF Bay Area teams.

The draft rules for the Challenge are planned to be presented and feedback is expected.

The scope of this seminar is to be promotion of the challenge in the the SF Bay Area, how the different organizations including Team Phoenicia can help teams, and a working session

The seminar is open to the public.

Draft Agenda:

1:00 PM: William Baird, Team Phoenicia, Introduction and Welcome

1:15 PM: Andrew Petro, NASA Centennial Challenge Program, Scope and Hopes for the Centennial Challenges

1:45 PM: Keynote Speaker (TBD)

2:15 PM: Allied Organization - Draft Rules

2:45 PM: BREAK. Tours of Techshop Available

3:00 PM: William Baird, Team Phoenicia, How Team Phoenicia Can and Is Helping Nanosat Launcher Teams

3:20 PM: Nick Pelster, California Space Authority, How the CSA can help the Nanosat Launcher Teams

3:40 PM: Dr William Gutman, SpacePort America, How SPA can help the Nanosat Launcher Challenge teams

4:00 PM: Paul Breed, Friends of Amateur Rocketry, What FAR is and what it can do for the NLC

4:20 PM: BREAK, Tours of Techshop Available

4:45 PM: Sherman Council, et al, Federal Aviation Administration: rules and requirements

5:45 PM: Nanosat Challenge Teams Panel/Micro Presentations (currently Vog Rockets, possibly the mystery team and more)

6:15 PM: Networking Session, official wrap at 8 PM.

Agenda subject to change.

Questions can be directed to nanosatseminar@teamphoenicia.org.

Quick update (10/20/10):

Reservations are now open:



Note: while walk ups are free, reservations are not.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010