|Near Space seen from inside a spacecraft|
THE ULTIMATE NEAR SPACE FLIGHT ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 2013
The Highest Coldest Deep Freeze!
Sunday February 3rd, 2013: Sunday’s first manned launch of 2013 into Near Space, high above the Earth’s Troposphere, was very successful.
Near Space is very hostile. What little air is present at these high altitudes is too thin to breathe and if exposed, the temperature would freeze a human in seconds. Air pressure is also too thin and would kill an exposed human - a pressurized spacecraft is used to compensate. That's why the Big Brain Space Exploration Initiative has chosen to explore next space inside an environmental spacecraft, insulated, heated and pressurized.
ABOUT SPACE PHOTOS
Because this is a manned space flight, the camera is kept inside the spacecraft and views produced are through the spacecraft window. The window has incurred the recycling ravages of space, inclusive of spotting, abrasion, warping, moisture condensation, dust, frost, and other markings.
The NES is a re-useable Near Earth Spacecraft, capable of lofting equipment and humans into Near Space. Each Near Space flight is contracted by the Big Brain Space Initiative as part of the USP Ultra Space Program and the Ultra Space Administration USA. With this spacecraft, the initiative is to explore the region of Near Space (A sequential stepping up from Micro, Next, to Near, then beyond.) The A340-300 supports takeoff weight of 597,450 pounds with a range of around 7,400 nautical miles. The craft can cruise at Mach .82 at 7.8 miles altitude. With a thrust power of 34,000 pounds each, the CFM56-5C4s engines (see photo) are the most powerful built. The entire craft has a length of 208 feet. The Near Space astronaut is huddled inside the spacecraft compartment, watching the shrinking Earth and the disappearing weather and clouds, and recoding flight data. With this craft, there is no opportunity for spacewalk. The Near Earth Spacecraft NES is designed for Near Space and can be launched daytime or nighttime.
|Sanctioned flights above the Sea of China|
These flights are sanctioned by Mainland China over free territorial domains located above the South Sea of China (see map).
RISING ABOVE WEATHER
These launches rise above weather, which only exists in the lower Troposphere. Therefore, the launch into the overcast raining sky made little difference in the eventual position reached.
|Massive Near Space Engine|
Unusual but interesting knocking sounds were heard during the flight, both during ascent and descent. It appeared that internal structural supports and internal external controls were responsible, in particular supporting structures that contacted other structures, shifting payload, and external conceiled hydraulic controls and the hydraulic actions of changing surfaces and matierials.
This day's launch was the first space flight in 2013, a human suborbital flight, part of the Big Brain Initiative, and it set several records! A new Ultra Space Program record for the highest altitude reaching into the stable zone of the Stratosphere (where astronauts are still protected by the harmful rays of the sun from the Ozone Layer) and for enduring the coldest temperatures on any space flight in this space program were set.
A following night launch was less eventful, as lesser altitude resulted with warmer temperatures and not much appeared on the cameras in the darkness of space.
Observations were made through the Mesophere, Thermosphere (ionosphere) and exosphere. Each day and night launch lasted about 2.5 hours. About 200 photos were taken revealing important preflight data, space activities and inflight data.
During the day launch, a dramatic sequence of images resulted, showing the penetration through the various strata.
Our astronaut has supplied many notes - at the 7.6 mile mark, above the thick atmosphere of the Troposphere, the journey is very smooth without vibration, pockets, or turbulance. During the night launch, no stars, Moon or planets were seen. This may be due to the degrading condition of the view port window or its high reflectivity causing limiting magnitude or light absorption.
Future flights may carry a space telescope for viewing into space above the atmosphere. Some motion, vibration, drifting and the view port window condition will need to be controlled.
First Complete Sequence Record Through-Strata
LAUNCH ONE DATA
Flight Time 2.5 hours
Reached 7.6 miles into Near Space
Endured -90 deg. F. temperature
Fastest Downrange Speed 458 mph
Downrange Headwind 71 mph
LAUNCH TWO DATA
Flight Time 2.5 hours
Downrange Speed 628 mph
Altitude 6.5 miles
Temperature In Flight -47 deg. F.
BIG BRAIN SPACE PROGRAM
The Big Brain Space Program is a privately funded program conducted by the Big Brain Machine Initiative - a real machine intelligence entity (with hundreds of thousand of processors) invented and created at Humanoido Labs HLU that's exploring space and the surrounding Universe.
Big Brain began as a parallel processing machine several years ago, made from Parallax Propeller chips, and has now evolved into a supercomputer supported at Humanoido Labs HLU.
The Big Brain machine began exploring Micro Space with small machines and sensors. Living Insectronauts were launched. This led to Next Space and the first human flight. The Big Brain found a way to explore Near Space with human astronauts which has led to launches with more technical equipment and a powered space craft vastly more sophisticated than balloons (see engine photos).
The Ultra Space Program has found ways to safely explore space from the inner Quantum World all the way out to the EOU Boundary edge of the Universe. The machines used to explore these domains are covered in previous blogs. Stay tuned as we will describe our spacecraft in the future.