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Students building satellite to test Self-Healing material

Posted by: SpaceVanessaa - Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:09 am
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Post Students building satellite to test Self-Healing material   Posted on: Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:09 am
Hey everyone,

Some fellow space enthusiast students need some support! They are building a satellite to test a self-healing material to protect future spacecraft from micro-meteorites. They are almost at their goal, however, they only have a few days of fundraising left.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/981 ... -satellite

Perhaps you can help spread the word, or contribute whatever you can, or direct us to a good resource?

Thank you, your support is appreciated :)


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Post Re: Students building satellite to test Self-Healing material   Posted on: Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:05 am
Quite cool.


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Post Re: Students building satellite to test Self-Healing material   Posted on: Thu Nov 28, 2013 5:41 am
What about using a laser to induce a plasma bloom on the surface of the micrometeor, right before impact, and then repel the plasma with a burst of EMF?


(All theoretical at this point)

but it could halt the micrometeoroid in it's tracks, or shatter it,
or at least slow it down and soften it.

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Post Re: Students building satellite to test Self-Healing material   Posted on: Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:35 pm
Very difficult to pull off technically due to the velocities and the coverage area (all angles) required.


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Post Re: Students building satellite to test Self-Healing material   Posted on: Sun Dec 01, 2013 3:06 pm
Also you'd have to be able to track the micrometeoroid accurately and be able to generate enough power to power your laser and your deflector. I know you like lasers and plasma blooms, but I think their idea is a bit more practical :-).

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Post Re: Students building satellite to test Self-Healing material   Posted on: Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:52 am
Lourens wrote:
...I think their idea is a bit more practical :-).

And they were able to reach their funding goal

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/981 ... -satellite

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