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Since prehistoric times, when the first humans gazed at the stars, the dream of the wonders of heaven have been a central ingredient of mankind’s mythology, religion and in the modern age, the driving force to reach beyond the boundaries of human voyage.
Early Argonauts used the stars to navigate the seas and oceans. Explorers used it to plot their course through unknown territory. Ancient civilizations gave name to constellations after their gods and beliefs, laying the ground of today’s religions.

As our civilization matured with the industrial and scientific revolution, the heavens constantly changed, challenged and shaped the perception of our place in the universe.
It is only merely a few hundred years ago when we thought that our planet was the center of the universe. Modern science proved our sun to be one of trillions among the infinite stars in the universe and with the new discoveries in the field of quantum mechanics and theories of multiverse, giving us a hint that our universe might just as well be just one of many others. ince the beginning of the space age, which began with Sputnik in 1957, space-science has given us countless new technologies, from the simple Teflon in our frying pans to innumerable scientific discoveries ranging from new drugs for curing deadly diseases to inventions that laid the ground of the information technology, Internet, and global communication and positioning using satellites orbiting the planet, and yet we are still in the beginning of what lays ahead of us.

With this in mind, it is quite obvious that space-science is essential for us as species to evolve further, to invent new technologies and make new discoveries. There will also be a day when our planet no longer can sustain the need of resources for the growing population and it will be necessary for humans to colonize other celestial bodies and planets. The resources of our planet are shrinking at an increasing speed, and it is needless to say that resources have been one of the two main reasons of countless wars through our history, the other meaningless reason being religion.

The day that we have to leave the cradle crawls closer and closer for every minute. It is therefore a necessity of survival of our species to develop space-travel at a large scale available to everyone at any time. That is where the Bitnation Space Agency comes in play with the SpaceChain space program. The very special essence of this idea is open source and decentralize space-travel; a space agency that is not bound to any nation or state, free for everyone to participate regardless of nationality, geographic habitation or current political situation.

We at Bitnation Space Agency welcome you to a new era of human adventure. To seek and find new ways of making our lives better and to make new discoveries and create new technologies that will ensure the survival of our species.

Project description:
Building the solid-fuel rocket-engines for ROSS 1 that will lay the ground for our coming missions.
A successful launch is our key to attract investors to build our heavier rockets and ultimately reaching the moon.

ROSS 1 will use a 3-component fuel to reach an altitude of 150 km. The payload consist of a radioisotope meter, two flight-computers, two FOG's (Fiber-optic Gyroscopes), military-class GPS, radio-transmitters on different frequencies (100 MHz, 900 MHz, 1.3 GHz, 10.1 GHz) for telemetry, navigation and live video-link.
There will also be space for 2.5 Kg additional payload that is reserved for our investors here at Kickstarter.
  

Rocket Design ROSS 1
Rocket Design ROSS 1

The Fuel:
The fuel consist of Ammonium perchlorate as oxidizer, atomized aluminium as the main fuel and "Red Gum" as the binder and secondary fuel. This fuel is standard for Air-2-Air missiles where the atmosphere is thin, and the Ammonium perchlorate is perfect for providing the needed oxygen for the fuel to burn.  

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For safety reasons, ROSS 1 will launch from a pad on international waters outside Stockholm, Sweden.
The payload and equipment will burn at re-entry.
The total weight of ROSS 1 with fuel and payload will be 54.5 Kg with a 1:9 ratio of structure and equpiment vs. fuel.


Project Goals:

The mission of Bitnation Space Agency (BSA) is to build an international, decentralized and open source Space Agency open for everyone, regardless of nationality, geographic habitat or national geopolitical dynamics.



ROSS 1 will be the first of our rockets to reach space and the first in the a series of rockets where we aim to reach to moon.
For this to happen, we need to test our technology in space. ROSS 1 will provide an opportunity to expose the components for the harsh environment and provide us with the data needed to build the successor to ROSS 1 that will use slingshot-trajectory to reach the Moon.

ROSS 1 (A)
ROSS 1 (A)

Objectives:

1. Create a decentralized and open-source space agency.

2. Research and develop new and better technology for space-travel/space-missions.

3. Develop new eco-friendly fuel for space vehicles. (Rocket fuel)

4. Develop a new generation of navigational systems, as the current GPS accuracy and maximum performance (speed and altitude) is limited for space research.

5. Create a cheaper technology and platform on open source basis that enables those with limited budget to reach space and/or do experiments in microgravity environment.

6. Develop new and cheaper space vehicles enable of reaching LEO (Low Earth Orbit), GSO (Geostationary Orbit) and other celestial bodies like the Moon or asteroids.

7. Research in alternative energy sources, mainly anti-matter trapped in the Earth’s magnetic field. 8. Research and develop technology for mining minerals and resources on other celestial bodies, like the Moon or asteroids.

9. Creating communication networks and datacenters in Earth orbit, beyond the reach of any state or regime to work toward total immunity and neutrality of the future IT-infrastructure.

10. Building fuel-depots and an international network based on virtual currencies for refueling of satellites and other space vehicles.

11. Doing research in the field of space-medicine and the effects of microgravity and cosmic radiation on living organisms.

12 Doing research on the effect of cosmic radiation on electronic components in order to develop new technology that is able to withstand the harsh environment of outer space

Milestones:  

2015: 

Schedule: December | Mission complete
Mission: High-altitude balloon experiment.
Objectives: Radiation test on electronic components and altitude “hack” of generic GPS firmware.
Funding: Hardware already funded and paid for.
Mission was carried out successfully by two teams in the U.S. Valuable scientific discovereis were made about the radiation-levels at high altitudes. The electronic worked without any failures, exposed for more than 100x normal radiation, and freezing -60C.

2016:

Schedule: May | Mission complete
Mission: High-altitude balloon experiment.
Objectives: Radiation test on electronic components
Funding: Hardware already funded and paid for.
Mission was carried out successfully
The electronic worked without any failures, exposed for more than 100x normal radiation, and freezing -60C.

2017:

Schedule: December | Mission complete
Mission: Dual high-altitude balloon experiment.
Objectives: Radio-transmission and high-gain antenna aim and test.
Funding: Hardware already funded and paid for.
Mission was carried out successfully with a minor failure where the main battery-heater stopped working, leading to a major electronic black-out.
Secondary battery rebooted the electronics and the mission could be carried out. The payload landed in the Baltic sea and could not be recovered.

High Altitude Balloon Experiment
High Altitude Balloon Experiment

Schedule: April | Mission complete
Mission: Building the Phaeton Space Craft miniature for re-entry test from the Stratosphere. (Dropped from a high-altitude balloon.)
Objectives: Data-mining on stress-test of the Phaeton space-craft.
Funding: Hardware already funded and paid for.  
Enough data was collected from the test, but the model was lost in the Baltic sea.

2018:

Schedule: July (Postponed to 2018 from 2017)
Mission: ROSS 1 (H.O.P.E 7) rocket launch.
Objectives: Rocket-engine and GPS firmware test. Component sustainability-test for withstanding the force of 7 G's and radiation in space.
Funding:  Not funded yet. Funding needed for propellant and hardware (Engine).

Schedule:
December
Mission: BULLDOG 1 rocket launch. (H.O.P.E 8)
Objectives: Reaching LEO (Low Earth Orbit - 400 km) and deploying payloads. (Fuel depots for future missions to the moon)
Funding: Funds needed for hardware. 

2019:
Schedule: May/June
Mission: BULLDOG 2 rocket launch. (H.O.P.E 8.2)
Objectives: Experimenting with magnetic traps for anti-matter in higher Earth orbit. (500 km altitude)
Funding:
Not funded yet.

Schedule:
November
Mission: BULLDOG 3 rocket launch. (H.O.P.E 9)
Objectives: Researching the possibility of bringing back anti-matter to Earth using magnetic traps for researching in alternative clean energy and refueling depots for future missions to the moon.
Funding:
Not funded yet.

2020:
 

Schedule: Mars/April 
Mission: Phaeton 1 mission to the Moon. 
Objectives: Putting a robotic rover equipped with a HD-camera (and if possible also scientific equipment) on the lunar surface. 
Funding: Not funded yet. 

Schedule: September Mission: Phaeton 2 mission to the Moon.
Objectives: Researching the possibility of mining on the moon by remotely controlled robots.
Funding: Not funded yet.

Schedule: December
Mission: Phaeton 3 mission to the Moon.
Objectives: Researching the possibility of mining on the moon by remotely controlled robots and sending back samples to Earth.
Funding: Not funded yet.   

Schedule: April/May
Mission: BULLDOG 4 rocket launch. (H.O.P.E 10)
Objectives: Putting new fuel depots in orbit for Phaeton 7 mission to put the first human launched by SpaceChain to the Earth orbit in December 2022.
Funding: Not funded yet.

Schedule:
August/September
Mission: BULLDOG 5 rocket launch. (H.O.P.E 11)
Objectives: Putting fuel depots and radio-relay satellite in orbit for Phaeton 4 mission in November.
Funding: Not funded yet.

Schedule:
November
Mission: Phaeton 3.2 mission to NEA (Near Earth Asteroids)
Objectives: Researching the possibility of mining on an asteroid by remotely controlled robots and sending back samples to Earth.
Funding: Not funded yet. 

2021:

Schedule:
January
Mission: BULLDOG 6 rocket launch. (H.O.P.E 12)
Objectives: Putting communication satellites in geostationary orbit for radio-relay from the Moon to Earth. 
Funding: Not funded yet.

Schedule: Mars/April
Mission: BULLDOG 7 rocket launch. (H.O.P.E 13)
Objectives: Putting fuel depots and radio-relay satellite in orbit for Phaeton 5 mission in September.
Funding: Not funded yet.

Schedule: September/October
Mission: Phaeton 5 mission to the Moon.
Objectives: Full mining operation on the moon by remotely controlled robots and sending back ores to Earth.
Funding: Not funded yet. 

 2022: 

Schedule: April/May
Mission: Phaeton 6 rocket launch.
Objectives: Putting the first space station module in orbit.
Funding: Not funded yet.

Schedule: September
Mission: BULLDOG 8 rocket launch. (H.O.P.E 14)
Objectives: Deploying cargo to the space station.
Funding: Not funded yet.

Schedule:
December
Mission: Phaeton 7 mission to the space station.
Objectives: The first human space flight by the Bitnation Space Agency to the space station in orbit.
Funding: Not funded yet.

ROSS 1 (B)
ROSS 1 (B)

Iman Mirbioki (Sweden)
Head of the SpaceChain Space Program Chief and Operating Officer, Bitnation Space Agency

Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof (Brazil)
Bitnation Chief Executive Officer

Morgan Rockwell (Nevada, U.S.A)
Chief Technological Officer

Goran Hussain (Sweden)
Chief Medical Officer

Matthew Holt (UK)
Mission Design Specialist

Pavlo Tanasyuk (UK)
Idea Originator

Aleksander Katulus Vidmar (Slovenia)
Chief of PR and Marketing

Daniel Kalén (Sweden)
Chief Human Resources Officer

References:

SpaceFlight Insider: 
http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/amateur-spaceflight-copenhagen-suborbitals-spacechain-space-program-give-shot/

The CoinTelegraph:
https://cointelegraph.com/news/bitnation-spacechain-the-mission-to-decentralize-space-exploration

Silicon Republic:
https://www.siliconrepublic.com/innovation/bitcoin-in-space-spacechain-worlds-first-decentralised-space-agency

Bitnation:
https://bitnation.co/space-agency/

The Swedish Transport Authority is the instance that will oversee the launch. The launch itself will broadcast live on YouTube with a 30 sec. delay due to technical limitations and on our Facebook-page.
Some domestic and international news agencies will also cover the story.

The launch will be filmed from UAV at 3000 m altitude and a high-altitude balloon on 30 km altitude.

We will fully follow ICAO protocol and rules for launching from international waters.


Notice: Our servers were subject for a hacking attack last week and we lost all of our databases.
The homepage itself is however still online on www.spacechain.org, but we're working round the clock to restore all our blog-posts.

Risks and challenges

Operational Challenges and Risk Mitigation Strategies

Space missions are challenging endeavors. Potential risks include damages to properties, endangering the health or life of the staff or people on the ground.
Therefore, every single component must be tested several times and redundancy is an important rule of manufacturing modules to planning every part of a mission.
There is simply no margins of errors when working with high-explosive material or launching rockets that could accidently drop down in populated areas.
The redundancy rule applies to all mission-critical components. All computer-systems, electronic components and likewise have a twin that takes over if the main component fail. In some cases, like the flight-computer, there are three others in reserve if the main system fails.
The navigation-systems guidance components, also known as FOG’s (Fiber Optic Gyroscopes) are always in pairs.
It is more important that a mission goes precisely as planned rather than saving a few dollars. We always look for the highest quality in every mission.

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