There happen to be several questions out here on DIY spacecraft/launch-systems ... so I figure this question should be the next that comes to mind

Unless one happens to be on the craft, and well-trained in handling spacecraft at the extremely large velocities a launch vehicle may attain - there may be a ramp-up curve, or un-manned launch. Regardless such probably require specialized education, and processing power (firm-ware & wet-ware, both).

Assuming it becomes possible for a person to put together a spacecraft on their own,

  • Can a person control an unmanned spacecraft on their own?
  • Is a single person on ground in communication with a manned spacecraft enough?
  • What is the minimum team size required to control an unmanned spacecraft from launch through orbit? What about a manned spacecraft?
  • Are there any regulations either from NAR, or NASA that define a lower-limit & profiles for mission control of any rocket/space launch?
  • $\begingroup$ @DeerHunter You bring up a good point about the vagueness of Everyone's bolded "control" constraint. There is room for clarification of what he means by "control". An ICBM is controlled to a degree, but is this what Everyone is looking for? $\endgroup$ – called2voyage May 1 '14 at 15:54
  • $\begingroup$ I think there's at least a few questions here that could be standalone and easier to answer as such. The way it's framed is simply too broad (from rocketry to manned missions). $\endgroup$ – TildalWave May 1 '14 at 20:04
  • $\begingroup$ Control as in all the factors that go into evaluation of necessary spacecraft components/systems from pre-launch through culmination. E.g. Stage separation, attitude, burn control $\endgroup$ – Everyone May 2 '14 at 7:55

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