After Robonaut 2 and the ongoing KIBO project, we could be the third to send a humanoid robot to Space. See my attached AT-A-GLANCE project description.
I want in!
Into the rocket or into the project? :D
If into the project: Yes. I need advanced programmers, especially for machine vision and data mining of biomedical data from astronauts to form a physiological map and derivate expression from it.
For the rocket I guess I am tooooo far away from you guys, plus I am not really a hardware guy.
As for the humanoid robot and advanced programming I can try and give my best.
What brain do you recommand? And what camera? Machine vision can be slow though. There is not much to see, looking out from a rocket capsule. And the vibrations are high. Just take a picture from time to time and process it. Here you can see what the robot would see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMfQHzjNvRU
In the paper Results of the first united states manned orbital space flight are detailed biomedical data of the astronaut John Glenn prior flight, during the flight and post flight. I am still reading this very interesting paper :)
How much space do we have available? What are the conditions it has to be able to cope with?
One is vibration so as hardware we have to use either an SD card or an SSD
For safety reasons I would go with live data stream AND SSD. In case the rocked get lost all the data is lost too if only stored on a SSD.
Temperature conditions are not an issue. Radation is also not a problem as we wont go into an orbit, just enter the edge of space. Vibration is a big issue. I would set the maximum size of the board to 80 x 60 x 20 mm (l x w x d).
It's a pretty tight fit.
Only things I could find that would fit in there are:
Arduino (normal built) with ArduEye http://www.ardueye.com/CuBox http://www.solid-run.com/cuboxand Cotton Candy http://blog.cstick.com/index.php/getting-started/cotton-candy-overview/
For the vibration issue, i remember back in the 80's we already had electronic bricks which was embedded in 2 component resin. But this could be a weight issue for the use in a rocket.
The ArduEye is interesting and may satisfy our needs.
I was thinking to build our own mini Arduino Mega board (we need a lot of O/Is) with integrated SD card slot. We would basically just need a voltage level shifter like the SN74AHC125. We can also add other required stuff.