Make: Volume 47

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Congratulations, you’ve been accepted to the DIY Space Program! Powerful tools capable of major discoveries are now at your disposal and can be accessed by at-home astronomers, garage spacesuit builders, and independent satellite designers just like you.

In Make: Vol. 47, see how Makers are exploring space like never before. Learn what goes into a popular and powerful DIY telescope, build a near-space photography rig, learn how you can help detect killer asteroids, and check out Adam Savage and The Martian author Andy Weir geeking out over the red planet.

Plus, get these full how-tos: Build an Arduino-powered DIY aquaponic garden, watch turbulence in action with a mesmerizing, fluid-filled turntable, make a water rocket launcher, and much more.


Take a sneak peek at projects and articles from the issue!

 

This Modern Ship in a Bottle Is Lit with LEDs and Fiber Optics

This Modern Ship in a Bottle Is Lit with LEDs and Fiber Optics

LEDs give a ghostly glow to this modern take on a ship in a bottle.

Watch: Robot Band Turns Scrap Metal to Heavy Metal

Watch: Robot Band Turns Scrap Metal to Heavy Metal

This larger than life robot band has a big sound and a bigger stage presence.

Watch the Fiery Rotations of a 40-Foot-Wide Mechanical Solar System

Watch the Fiery Rotations of a 40-Foot-Wide Mechanical Solar System

Watch this Jim Henson inspired solar system as it rotates, glows, and spews flames.

Velleman Vertex 3D Printer Kit: Two Extruders, Solid Value

Velleman Vertex 3D Printer Kit: Two Extruders, Solid Value

This dual-head 3D printer kit from Velleman gets solid results at a low price.

Acrylic Cheat Sheet: How to Cut, Glue, Bend, and More

Acrylic Cheat Sheet: How to Cut, Glue, Bend, and More

Learn about the types of acrylic and the best practices for using it so that you can make the most of this material in your projects.

Learn the Difference: Gas and Diode Lasers

Learn the Difference: Gas and Diode Lasers

Lasers are used for lots of purposes, but how much do you know about how they function? Here are two common types of lasers and how they work.

4 Ways Amateurs Are Advancing Maker-Style Exploration

4 Ways Amateurs Are Advancing Maker-Style Exploration

Makers are reinventing and reimagining the process of discovery with citizen science.

How and When to Use Protoboard

How and When to Use Protoboard

If you’re ready to finalize a breadboarded circuit, but not quite ready to create a printed circuit board, then your next step is protoboard.

How to Detect Killer Asteroids

How to Detect Killer Asteroids

Monitor the skies to spot asteroids and help save the Earth from annihilation by interplanetary projectiles.

Why You Should Be Using a Linear Voltage Regulator

Why You Should Be Using a Linear Voltage Regulator

If your project requires stable voltage but you have an unregulated input, you'll want to use the right kind of linear voltage regulator.

11 Ways to Build Your Own Space Program

11 Ways to Build Your Own Space Program

Here are a few impressive ways that Makers are building their way to outer space right now — and so can you.

NASA Crowdsources Exploration with Challenges, Grants, and More

NASA Crowdsources Exploration with Challenges, Grants, and More

The Centennial Challenges program is one of NASA’s shining stars, and frequently has incubated the cash-winning contestants into government-contracted entrepreneurs such as the winners of the Astronaut Glove, Lunar Lander, and Power Beaming challenges.

What Intel Learned from its New Reality Show for Makers

What Intel Learned from its New Reality Show for Makers

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich launches a build-off reality show for Makers.

Bill Nye's LightSail: Making Sci-Fi Real

Bill Nye’s LightSail: Making Sci-Fi Real

The quest to solve one of the persistent barriers to citizen space exploration.

6 Skills You'll Learn in Martian Boot Camp

6 Skills You’ll Learn in Martian Boot Camp

Going to Mars is humanity’s straight-up toughest engineering challenge yet. Sharpen your skills with these DIY projects, and maybe you’ll get picked for the colony.

Build an Aquaponic Garden with Arduino

Build an Aquaponic Garden with Arduino

Build this aquaponic garden to bring your veggies and your fish tank into perfectly sustainable harmony. Then use Arduino to take your set-up to the next level.

Adam Savage Interviews Andy Weir About <em>The Martian</em>

Adam Savage Interviews Andy Weir About The Martian

Adam Savage geeks out with author Andy Weir about his upcoming MacGyver-in-space movie, The Martian.

6 DIY Star Trackers for Perfect Night Sky Photos

6 DIY Star Trackers for Perfect Night Sky Photos

To photograph the stars, you need a gadget that can track the revolving night sky in a perfectly timed arc. Otherwise all you’ll see is streaks and blurs.

Water Rocket Launcher

Water Rocket Launcher

Use household items to build an inexpensive water-powered rocket that can soar at 100mph.

Create a 5-Minute Foam Plate Flying Falcon

Create a 5-Minute Foam Plate Flying Falcon

Follow these steps to turn a foam plate into a soaring falcon!

Remaking History: Willebrord Snell and Triangulation

Remaking History: Willebrord Snell and Triangulation

Build the simple surveyor’s instrument that made the first accurate maps on Earth.

Solder a Simple Dark-Detecting LED Circuit

Solder a Simple Dark-Detecting LED Circuit

This simple circuit switches an LED on when the lights go out with just five parts — a battery, phototransistor, resistor, LED, and transistor.

How to Connect Optical Fibers to LEDs and Sensors

How to Connect Optical Fibers to LEDs and Sensors

Skip the store-bought couplings and make these easy DIY fiber optic hookups.

1+2+3: Cosmic Ray Detector

1+2+3: Cosmic Ray Detector

Build this simple cloud chamber at home and detect cosmic-ray muons, electrons, and alpha particles.

Recreate a 140-Year-Old Brushless Motor on a 3D Printer

Recreate a 140-Year-Old Brushless Motor on a 3D Printer

3D-print this 1872 replica Electro-Magnetic Engine that works like your drone's modern motors.

Make a Wave Shaper Multifunction Sound Synthesizer

Make a Wave Shaper Multifunction Sound Synthesizer

Build a multifunction sound synthesizer using a surprisingly fun audio chip.

Blast Off: Transform 2-Liter Soda Bottles into a Costume Jetpack

Blast Off: Transform 2-Liter Soda Bottles into a Costume Jetpack

Make a costume jetpack that doubles as a Halloween candy holder from household items.

  • Posted by | August 28th, 2015 1:37 PM
Internet Of Cats with Intel Edison

Internet Of Cats with Intel Edison

Keep tabs on your tabby with this Intel Edison-powered pet-toy camera trigger.

Rheoscopic Disc Coffee Table

Rheoscopic Disc Coffee Table

Make this spinning, swirling, self-contained liquid disc and mount it in your table for a gorgeous centerpiece.

Building Drones to Deliver Medicine and Food to War-Torn Syria

Building Drones to Deliver Medicine and Food to War-Torn Syria

Fixed-wing UAVs aren’t just for bombs anymore — meet the nonprofit building drones to fly supplies to Syria

Near-Space Balloon Cam with Arduino and APRS Radio

Near-Space Balloon Cam with Arduino and APRS Radio

Build this battle-tested rig to launch, track, and recover a high-altitude balloon that will carry your hacked Canon camera to the stratosphere. With this setup using APRS ham radio and the Trackuino — an Arduino-based communications board — any hobbyist or science class can photograph (and video) the Earth against the blackness of space, and bring these amazing images home to share.

  • Malc

    The links to the aquaponic balcony garden refered in the magazine are not working – a search also yields no results – where is the online version? http://makezine.com/go/aquaponic-balcony-garden

    • sophiacamille

      Hey Malc, sorry about the delay. The Aquaponic Garden project will be live this week!