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!
LEDs give a ghostly glow to this modern take on a ship in a bottle.
- Posted by Cabe Atwell | November 23rd, 2015 5:00 AM
This larger than life robot band has a big sound and a bigger stage presence.
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | November 18th, 2015 5:00 AM
Watch this Jim Henson inspired solar system as it rotates, glows, and spews flames.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | November 11th, 2015 5:00 AM
This dual-head 3D printer kit from Velleman gets solid results at a low price.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | November 5th, 2015 5:00 AM
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.
- Posted by Jordan Bunker | October 29th, 2015 5:00 AM
Makers are reinventing and reimagining the process of discovery with citizen science.
- Posted by David Lang | October 20th, 2015 5:30 AM
If your project requires stable voltage but you have an unregulated input, you'll want to use the right kind of linear voltage regulator.
- Posted by Jordan Bunker | October 8th, 2015 5:30 AM
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.
- Posted by Matthew Reyes | October 6th, 2015 10:30 AM
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich launches a build-off reality show for Makers.
- Posted by Dale Dougherty | October 5th, 2015 5:00 AM
Adam Savage geeks out with author Andy Weir about his upcoming MacGyver-in-space movie, The Martian.
- Posted by Make: Editors | October 1st, 2015 6:55 AM
Build the simple surveyor’s instrument that made the first accurate maps on Earth.
- Posted by William Gurstelle | August 28th, 2015 4:51 PM
3D-print this 1872 replica Electro-Magnetic Engine that works like your drone's modern motors.
- Posted by Michael Curry | August 28th, 2015 2:41 PM
Build a multifunction sound synthesizer using a surprisingly fun audio chip.
- Posted by Charles Platt | August 28th, 2015 2:38 PM
Make a costume jetpack that doubles as a Halloween candy holder from household items.
- Posted by Howtoons | August 28th, 2015 1:37 PM
Fixed-wing UAVs aren’t just for bombs anymore — meet the nonprofit building drones to fly supplies to Syria
- Posted by Signe Brewster | May 6th, 2015 5:00 AM
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.
- Posted by Dan Rasmussen | April 12th, 2014 11:07 AM