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Launched Android Figurine into "Space" .. kinda.

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    I have been working on a project to launch an Andrew Bell Collectible Android Figurine aboard a model rocket and "return him safely to earth" (in the spirit of the NASA Apollo missions).

    The rocket is named "Android1" and the Android Figurine is my "As-droid-naut" ;) Anyway - I had a "fairly" successful test launch of the rocket and the "as-droid-naut" this past weekend and though I'd share the news with yinz. I'm pretty excited!!!

    Android1 and the "As-droid-naut" in the ejection platform (minus his chute in this picture):

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Here is one of the 4 the videos of the "as-droid-naut" ejecting:



    The full coverage, including onboard video, more pictures, and telemetry data are here.
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    I applaud your enthusiasm! Will there be a coming home parade for the Asdroidnaut? Any plans for a Mars landing?

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    Thanks for posting this here bro! Love it! :cool-b:
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    Omg, what a riot!

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    Thanks - this was really just the test launch to verify telemetry, "as-droid-naut" ejection and recovery systems, and location tracking. My final mission goal is 1200' minimum.

    As you can see it's a wild ride and we did have what could have been a fatal failure (fortunately inertia kept us somewhat pointed in the right direction). This caused the test flight to fall far from the estimated altitude of 800' (we hit 366').

    I need to work on the failure point (launch lug breaking). I also need to figure out how to stabilize the "as-droid-naut" during the recovery/descent. I think longer chute shroud lines should minimize the "pendulum" effect (what you see that makes you "sea sick" lol). I am going to have to implement live GPS location tracking on the "as-droid-naut" as well. He drifted far beyond the expected recovery range - we initially thought we had lost him.

    :) Thanks for the support folks! :)
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    :hail: Thanks for the support DroidForums.net!!
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    Wicked. Saw a video of a father and son who launched a weather balloon into space and recorded it with an on board iPhone

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    Thanks Enemyofthestate. I actually looked into launching a weather balloon to the point where I contacted a local aeronautic/meteorologic school - I saw on a local news website a few students did something similar for their thesis. It was surprisingly LESS expansive than I anticipated and didn't require permits (odd).

    Samsung sent up an Android on a weather balloon about a year ago - I wanted to do something that I hadn't seen done before. I searched the interwebs and didn't locate any evidence of this being done prior. Besides as a kid I always wanted to work for NASA :p ... this is about as close as I will ever get!
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    Man its awesome to say the least. Cant wait to see the max altitude you're able to achieve

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    Lol, Serpico this is awesome!
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    I think this could be made into some sort of awesome android commercial... Android takes off!

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    Truth. Free epic publicity.

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    I like that idea! Maybe when the final flight is launched!
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    Yes!!! Android takes off... reaching new heights everyday!

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    I think Google should get on board and hire you guys as an ad team lol.

    DROID RAZR MAXXAMIZED!!!
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    FYI - Final launch is scheduled for tomorrow (7/21/2012) around 11 AM (ish) Central! Planning on 1100+ feet! GPS, As-droid-naut cam and airframe cams all running! God speed little green man.


    Pix and updates at https://twitter.com/androidwashere
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    Awesome. When I saw this thread pop up I thought I remembered it! Hit it like a boss! Launch it before apple patients rocket propelled anything to do with electronics.
    Off topic there.
    Can't wait to see the videos!

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    1100+ feet, that's pretty awesome!!
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