May 25, 2010

Jean-Paul Godon

Jean-Paul Godon is an advisor to White Label Space. He is an international business development consultant specialized in advanced technologies.

For several years he was in charge of international development for several major French aerospace companies including SNECMA and EADS, and also has extensive experience developing business in other highly technical fields across the European Union, the USA, the Middle East, Asia and Russia. He was one of the founders of the European Hydrogen Association (EHA) as well as the French Hydrogen Association (AFH2).

He obtained a degree in business administration at the French business school ESCP-EAP and later he received a Fulbright Scholarship to study international relations at Johns Hopkins University, Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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May 19, 2010

Kirby Ikin

Kirby Ikin is an advisor to White Label Space.

Kirby is Chairman of the National Space Society and Managing Director of Asia Pacific Aerospace Consultants (APAC), which offers consulting services to the commercial space industry including market analysis, industry analysis, risk management and insurance advice.

Prior to his role with APAC he worked in the space insurance, risk management, and commercial space fields for over fifteen years. His career included over ten years as a space insurance underwriter and Managing Director of GIO Space, as will as being the Director of Commercial Operations at the Asia-Pacific Space Centre (APSC) with the aim to introduce the Russian Aurora launch vehicle to the commercial launch market. He was directly responsible for managing the insurance requirements for both APSC and its launch customers.

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May 16, 2010

PCB Design for Engine Throttle Controller

Lunar Numbat is now getting close to construction of the first full working prototype of the throttle valve assembly that we will use on our lunar lander engine. The valve assembly will include a digital control system, a custom design by the Lunar Numbat team..

Remember, you can follow the details of their technical progress online because Lunar Numbat is an open source effort!

This PCB design was recently created by Luke Weston and the team is now preparing to build it in hardware. It contains a microcontroller that drives the electric motor as well as an interface for the CAN bus that forms the backbone of the vehicle's avionics.


Other components of the valve assembly include;
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Martin Lemmen

Martin Lemmen is the lead thermal design engineer of the White Label Space team, responsible for the conceptual and preliminary design decisions as well and overseeing the detailed thermal analyses conducted by other members of the team.

Martin is a thermo-mechanical engineering specialist with over twenty years experience in the Dutch space industry. During his career he has worked on numerous advanced space projects including items such as mirrors, optics boxes, future launchers, the Ariane V launcher and thermal protection systems for re-entry vehicles.

Martin holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Delft University of Technology and is author or co-author of six technical papers and one European patent application. He also acts as mentor for thermal engineering aspects of student design synthesis projects the Technical University of Delft.

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May 8, 2010

Engine Throttle Valve Activated on Lab Bench

Luke Weston from our open source partner Lunar Numbat has made this video showing progress on the engine throttle valve. The ball valve's position can now be set via software commands sent to the servo drive board.

The valve's first flight test will be on the AUSROC 2.5 rocket in preparation for use on our GLXP lander.