Rocket Surgery with Arko

This entry is part [part not set] of 24 in the series Hack the Planet

In this episode of the Hack the Planet Podcast:

We talk about making hardware that can survive in space with Arko, a robotics engineer and polymath hacker who has published open-source projects for high altitude balloons and autonomous vehicles, and revitalized the North American demo scene with his board for LayerOne. Other topics include growing up around the space program, the Nullspace hackerspace in LA, the ethics of self-driving cars, and what the amateur radio hobby called Summits on the Air has to do with avionics for spacecraft.

This episode could be a great introduction to designing avionics for spacecraft, for getting into the demoscene, or serve as an excuse to buy a bunch more radio equipment. If you are looking for as many as three new expensive hobbies, this is the episode for you.


Arko’s Project Site –
Github –

Arko @ UKHAS 2013 –
UKHAS HabHub –
NullSpace –

LayerOne Demoscene Board –
Northern Dragons (demo group) –
BBC MicroBot –

Summits on the Air –

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Original music produced by Symbol Crash. Warning: Some explicit language and adult themes.