Sunday, April 16, 2017
Space1 Rocket Drop Tests
Space1 conducts powerless free-fall drop tests from various skyscrapers in large cities. Drop tests may include powerless rockets, models for space stations, payloads, parachutes, satellites, space capsules, quads, planes, gliders and various tests.
As new taller buildings appear year after year, the height of drop tests continue to increase. Some heights are higher than the altitudes achieved by model rockets! Base altitude of model rockets average about 300-feet. The peak height of Taipei 101 is 5.6 times higher, and the Burj Khalifa is 9 times higher.
Instead of scheduling expensive and custom aircraft that depressurize and open for drop tests, or have customized external remote controlled mountings, planes which fly to several thousand feet, a costly approach, the skyscraper window origin tests are often free of charge.
When tests began by the author in 2005, the maximum height was at Taipei 101 in Taiwan at an altitude of 1,667-feet. By 2010, this distance had increased to 2,717-feet at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Lower and less famous skyscrapers are more easy to access at the peak roof for drop tests. These skyscrapers often have floor halls with windows that open. One can merely take the elevator to the desired floor level. However, some skyscrapers require a security card pass to gain specific floor access to operate the elevator while others do not.
Thus far, the author has concentrated the study of skyscrapers and drop tests in Western and Eastern world sites, in the USA and Asia (in countries Macao, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, and China), primarily Seoul, Shenzhen, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Macao, Shanghai, and Taipei.
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