I'm sorry to state the obvious that you are deliberately driving this discussion towards max word count and min meaning.
If you recall I was the one who said I don't want to talk about how to get there. That is not what I wanted this thread to be about. All I wanted to find out was what would be necessary to make an AVR micro-controller work in space. Everyone else seems to want to talk about how to get it there. Which is an interesting discussion in and of itself, but not what I started this topic for.
I have a statement - you can not do what you say you want to do. And as you say yourself - be my guest and prove me wrong by providing as much evidence about your abilities, prior work and determination, as you have at hand. I am a mere spectator of your efforts to change my opinion.
See, the thing is, I just don't care. If you have some suggestion as to how an AVR might be made to work in space great. Otherwise it's off topic.
I don't have to prove to you I can do it. Nor do I have to detail my skill set and give you a resume. This isn't a job it's a frakken hobby.
I watched the Top Gear team's fantastic failure of trying to put a reliant robin into space. I knew that was rather far fetched, but had the release mechanisms worked it might have actually made it.
That has got to be the most ridiculous statement I've read all week.
What, exactly, is ridiculous about it? Sending a car into space? I agree. That it might actually have worked? Whyever not? Given the right amount of the right kind of fuel set up in the right way there's no reason why it couldn't work.
StarkRG - what age bracket would you put yourself in? I only ask as I think it would perhaps put your comments into context.
27, though I'm not sure why this makes any difference. I haven't really learned all that much since I was 17. Well, ok, calculus helps, I suppose...
Like I said, it's not negative, it's realistic. The average private citizen simply lacks the funding, equipment, and quite frankly intelligence to put a device on the moon or even into orbit!
No, it's defeatist. I've already said I don't want to talk about funding right now. I want to find out what equipment I would need in order to, eventually, discuss how much it would cost. So the only thing I can see is that you're questioning my intelligence... I agree, most people are morons, but you can't just assume that everyone you meet is.
If you know how to deal with projectile motion you can put something in orbit.
I would love to build one of those DIY laser cutting devices, but I know I just don't have the cash or time for it, so I'm not bothering to ask for help.
If you don't know what's required to do it how do you know you can't?
By all means, continue this thread, but I'm just trying to put a realistic spin on the conversation, rather than what sounds like a young teenagers unreasonable desires.
Why does age have anything to do with it?
The idea is: here's a proposition. We know it can
be done since it's been done before. What we don't know is what is required, using current technology, to do it.
Since I've already said the point of this topic is not to discuss funding or transportation, those are topics for another time.
You can't know you can't do something until you've found out exactly what's required. I know I have the knowhow to put something into orbit (simple mechanics, really). I know I have the knowhow to build a robot. In fact, the only thing I don't know about is whether the materials I have available will work. That's what I aim to discover. If it actually comes to anything, great. If not, great, I have more knowledge than I started with. If 10 years down the line I discover that the unsurmountable problems I discovered now have become surmountable I can do it, but I can't know that unless I've looked into it now. If in 13 years my nephew decides he wants to do a science fair project I can say "look, this is feasible, I've already done all the research."
So, yes, negative responses are off topic. "realistic" responses are just negative responses in disguise since you aren't giving any explanation what, exactly
is stopping me from being able to do it. In fact, any response that doesn't have to do with radiation hardening, heat-sinking (in space), or some new issue I haven't forseen yet.
Currently I'm only concerned with the electronics of the robot itself. (and, to some extent, the mechanics of it). I don't care, for the moment, about the spacecraft.
I'm not asking "Can I do it" I'm asking "What do I need to do it?"