Monday, June 19, 2017

Space1 History First Test Rocket 2014

Space1 Technologies First Test Rocket FTR 2014 - A Historical Look

Travel back to Space 2014. Space1’s first test rocket FTR was built in 2014 and stood over 6-feet tall. It was large enough to hold a small dog or a standard size humanoid robot, though no normal size humans could fit inside.

It took several weekends of work to manufacture the metal casing rocket from scratch working with all technical diagrams and blueprints committed to memory. Pounding out imperfections was both art and science requiring measuring, assembly, and refitting.

Forming the differential canister nose cone was particularly tricky but eventually the measurements were correctly sized and honed. The manufacture of flight body dynamics was smooth going. Note: no dogs or animals were used, tested, or launched as it was designed and measured for advanced large humanoid robots, and as a result, a lengthy space rocket humanoid study incurred.

The study concluded that humanoid robots would be indoctrinated as an important part of Space1 Technologies and space activities. Humanoid robots in their basic physical sizes could fit into Space1rockets and the rockets could be adapted to their size parameters. The FTR fit all full size humanoid robots that existed in the Humanoid Robot Lab. This has held true through the year 2017 with new humanoids as well.

The FTR rocket was housed indoors before spaceports and launch towers became available. It was kept upstairs in the laboratory loft, carrying it in and out was a tedious task. The big rocket was transported through the skyscraper elevator.

During times of storage, it resided elevated in a horizontal laid position across a very large Chinese padded bed mattress to cushion the overhanging fins from flexure. The rocket was build up from welded metal canisters, and would become the basis for all future rockets manufactured in 2014. Given the weight of the canisters forming the rocket airframe, and for a given size diameter, a larger size engine would be required for flight, with a higher thrust and impulse ratio, to launch the rocket into space.

The FTR theory was to start the rocket design at one size, and work up to make increasingly larger rockets based on test results. The rocket however was used primarily for testing with humanoid robonauts rather than human astronauts. Much was learned from the FTR rocket and it was retired unfettered a year later in 2016 and dismantled. Parts and components were recycled.

Photo 2: The towering large 2014 test rocket, standing upright in the work lab where it was manufactured. The rocket was made from wide diameter welded metal canisters and covered with white rocket skin.

The fins were attached with a black retention housing. Once attached, the housing could not be removed. The rocket was heavy, though it could be lifted by a single person who was a weightlifter. The flight crew intended to have a photo session, showing 12 crew members (or less) holding the rocket horizontally, but on the photo shoot day, the rocket foyer was constantly busy with residents so the photos were delayed.

The rocket was a secret and there was no need to alarm the local residents as they had no idea what was going on inside the lab. The crew waited for use of the Foyer as it had extremely tall ceilings about 20 to 30-feet high. By the time night rolled around, only Humanoido was working late in the Lab, so he took the one and only famous photo of the rocket inside the lab under florescent lighting.

Needless to say, by that time the rocket was not in the transition foyer but rather "dragged" out and positioned in the Lab room. The photos shown have much of the clutter removed to show only the rocket. Despite any imperfections, the first historical test rocket was instrumental in helping pave the path of Space1 towards the stars.

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