Robots in OUTERSPAAAAAACCCCCCCCEEEEEEE
August 23, 2012
10 pts to whoever gets the title reference.
I was perusing all the amateur DIY near-space balloon flights that have been gaining popularity lately, and a thought hit me.
Would it be possible to have a two stage flight; first stage would be the balloon and payload reaching a certain altitude. The second stage, when this specific altitude is reached, a ROCKET is fired from within the payload, taking it further into space (hopefully reaching escape velocity.
Now I know this is most likely definitely not legal in the US to do, but would it even be POSSIBLE? If you think so, try to help me figure out how.
What size rocket would we need, how much fuel, what the weight would be, etc.
I'm imagining a miniature satellite; one with solar cells to capture sunlight and charge the electronics. Maybe something arduino powered with a light sensing circuit and servo to move the solar panels, along with a temperature sensor and perhaps even a small camera to record video and gps tracker.