In an ongoing effort to bring space exploration to a broader audience, ESA open sourced the construction plans of the Rosetta & Philae comet explorer. It is now possible to build your own comet explorer and sent it of to space.
This is actually much easier than you might think, as building materials for this project are not very hard to get. You don’t even need a 3D printer an ordinary 2D printer preferable a 2D color type will suffice, to quickly take this project into production.
ESA goes to quite an extend, to not only deliver the building plans of the Rosetta and Philae airframe, but also includes communication equipment, like the long range dish antenna and basic scientific imaging equipment in this package.
In the days between ESA open sourcing the plans and publishing this post, I relentlessly worked to finish this project, to meet the launch window, I was offered on the 31 th of December. My very own Rosetta and Philae are doing very well and completed a close Earth flyby. This Earth gravitational assisted slingshot swung my comet explorer on a trajectory into deep space to explore new comets and new frontiers…
Feel free to leave a comment, about the progress building and flying your own, Rosetta & Philae comet explorer.