For clarity: This project will stay as the virtual rocket. If a physical rocket becomes a reality, it will fork into its own separate project.
Yeah I want a rocket!!! What hacker wouldn't jump at the opportunity to put a nose cone on a tube of explosives and watch it as they push the detonator :) If I had the resources I probably would have blown up a really nice video recorder by now.
In the first moments of developing this project of chasing the sun, I thought what any sane hacker would; "How can I get a vehicle over a 1000mph?" A rocket might fit that solution nicely.
Log Objective: Start to determine the advantages and disadvantages for real rocket and a virtual rocket for this project, for the unlikely chance I might get to do both!
- No government authorities or restrictions, and no minimum altitude or speed.
- Ground level perspective familiar to most people, but at speeds normally only seen from orbit.
- Low cost.
- Time line manipulation.
- A large number of people socially or emotionally benefit from all participating in a large Community Open Art Project that we all own.
- Dead zones where no one will volunteer, causing gaps.
- Human factor: Many of the people I have met in this world can't even program their own TV. How could a simple guy like me get a mass of people to all operate a camera the same way at the same time? I am not saying its impossible. I would have also dismissed artistic flash mobs and crowdfunding if you asked me before they happened. Maybe in a subconscious way I really want to see this work to restore my faith in humans and art. Maybe we could all use a little of that.
- Rocket engines have a fantastic power to weight ratio.
- Speed may be just fast enough to get what I need. (because I was initially wrong about the Earths rotation and the speeds I would need.)
- No need to have an enormous amount of locations, thus eliminating volunteers and human error.
- Rockets are freaking Cool!
- I have not found any information of anyone doing stable horizontal rocket flight. Isn't this the type of thing that sets off red flags for governments?
- Getting a precise launch time would be impossible. Knowing when the ideal light is best over the entire length of the trip would be a guess, thus requiring at least several launches.
- Burn times stink! Even with multiple stages, my ideal 3000 mile (4828km) video may be impossible anywhere on this planet. This chart seemed to closely match other data I found for hobby rockets:
Stolen from: http://microgravity.grc.nasa.gov/education/rocket/rktenglab.html
This Log Inspired by "Buzz Giver"@Dimitar Tomov