Monday, September 2, 2013

2015 Flight Garment Modifications

Everything begins with a pencil, paper, and a calculator. Today's 6am sketch of mods for the Generation II suit to be used in the 2015 Project Alpha flight, which will take me by gas balloon to above the Armstrong Line (63,000 feet), where a properly-functioning pressure garment (or capsule) is essential for human life. An ascent rate of about 1000 feet per minute will take me up in about an hour, descent taking somewhat longer. The flight will test communications systems, life-support systems, offshore launch and recovery operations, and many other systems and procedures to be used in Copenhagen Suborbitals' manned rocket flights, scheduled for some time within the next five or so years. In 2014 I will go back to Copenhagen for water landing and other training, and in 15 to do the actual flight. No time to lose!

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