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Open Source Rocket.

Posted by: DanielW - Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:22 pm
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Post    Posted on: Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:35 am
The benefits of developing a complete open source launch system would be similar to the benefits of open source software.

The main benefit of open source is that you have thousands of people developing the hardware and sofware. You get free expertise to develop your hardware/software. In return, they get to use the accumulated knowledge. It's a win-win situation.


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Post Re: rely on "facts"   Posted on: Sat Feb 21, 2009 1:21 pm
ckpooley wrote:
The Wright Brothers ... invented the FACT of aviation.


I am not sure that is accurate. I don't think anyone can patent a law of physics, or patent the fact that it's possible to control the laws of physics for some purpose (ex: flying in the air)

A good read about the Wright patent business is http://www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Wright_Bros/Patent_Battles/WR12.htm

What brought the patent battle to an end, was WWI, and the need to share patent info among designers to win the war. That might provide some example of how to mitigate (or at least minimize) patent issues.


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Post    Posted on: Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:36 pm
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The Wright's patents forced others to invent alternate control and power systems.


There was more motivation from the loss of life. The Wright's control system was not too great. I think that it would be better to drive alternate ideas by the necessities of physics as opposed to regulatory hurdles.

I do like the idea of coming up with an open set of specifications. Communications, power, and docking procedures, and atmospheres should be first.


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Post Re: Open Source Rocket.   Posted on: Fri Aug 28, 2015 2:40 am
i have been trying to create an open source space flight program now for 20 years. humanity isn't ready they would rather chit chat. (or you know in the case of reach out to star trek fans, pipe dream, or in the case of reaching out to JPL, blibber on insanely about impossible and laughable blimp to orbit ideas that because they won't listen i can't help them fix, or in the case of FB leave me one out of 1000 peeps in a group to actually get any updates.. or etc...)

as an aside, theres not much reason to design rockets any more, we would want to focus on ramrockets by now.

We have to start somewhere, it could in theory be here, I can design and have designed rockets, nuclear power stations, zero point energy devices, ramrockets.. space planes...

In short theres only so much tho that one person can do on their own. If i share that work with ya all that begins a process, if we all chip in on it that can blossom into something that actually flies.

As far as i know theres nobody doing anything serious open source- and thats exactly the problem and why we ain't seriously in space.


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