I Googled low budget space exploration and this was the first search result:
“India’s Mars mission has a price tag of about $74 million, a fraction of the $671 million cost of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s latest Mars program.”
Doesn’t seem very low budget or accessible to the amateur, now does it?
Since I was a little girl I wanted to be an astronaut. I wanted to explore space; I still do. However I’m not going to be accepted into the astronaut class anytime soon so my only option is high altitude ballooning and reaching the stratosphere.
But what if we could collaborate? <mad capped notion> Enthusiasts from all over the world could create budget nano satellites. But how can they be launched? Is it possible to send up a rocket as a payload to be launched from the outer atmosphere? I genuinely don’t know the answers to this but I want to find out.</mad capped notion>
First of all I want to gather data on high altitude ballooning without the risk of losing a payload. This will be real time data gathering and analysis. How you ask? All will be revealed in the next few weeks if I get the go ahead for this project. The data will be open source and I hope to coordinate the project as a collaborative effort.
Watch this <pun>space</pun> for more details on Project Nebula.