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Check out this presentation on the D-Beta Manned Rocket.

Unique Offers from Stanford Systems…


Build Your Own Manned Rocket!

For those of you that have flown model and AM/EX rockets, and those of you that have been following the Private Aerospace industry,

now’s your chance to build and own your own Manned Rocket. The D-Beta Atmospheric Rocket is a scaled down, inexpensive version of our Daedalus Personal SpaceCraft system that can be built from commercially-available materials and supplies, using standard machining and metal fabrication techniques.

Even if you don’t want to build it, you can print out the plans and continue to dream of your first foray into space.

Original Design


Finished Engineered Design

(Better quality here for print-out on 8″ x 11″ paper)

The Offers


$79.95 you can receive an electronic and paper manual of a complete set of dimensioned “working” drawings that allows an experienced metal fabricator to take steel and aluminum starting stock and fabricate a working, manned rocket. Complete with bills of materials, set-by-step instructions and frequently-asked-questions after every section, we can put your dream of building, owning and perhaps even flying your own personal rocket into reality quickly.


Click here to Buy Now for only $79.95 via Paypal. Will email you the ZIP file as soon as funds are received.

United States Sales Only for now, thank you. Click here to view title page and table of contents of this kit.

For those of you that are planning on actually constructing the vehicle, we would love to assist you personally in getting everything together, and if we could get some photos of you doing so, please get them to us.



$299 an electronic version (DVDROM) of the complete engineering prints, working drawings and various manuals, notes and everything you need (when you print it out, some of the drawings in full-scale necessary to placing your metal on top of to check that they are machined properly) to build a DBeta. It might not be legal to fly yet, but with no propellant in it, its perfectly legal to build and show your friends your “kit manned rocket”.

Not available yet. Looking at weeks.



$349 the electronic version on DVDROM but with all of the pages printed out (some of them around 3 feet by 4 feet big) all rolled up into a nice mailing tube arrangement and represents in its entirety the DBeta airframe and motor design. The flight computer design is discussed as well, but in order to get a true flight-ready copy of our suborbital guidance firmware for it, well, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it (and you had better be a US Citizen if you are asking for it.)

Not available yet. Looking at weeks.



FAQ: “Why the big differential between the $50 and the $200 version?” You can’t realistically build a DBeta from the $50 version as there’s not enough dimensioning and general detail, supporting documentation and what a person NEEDS to fabricate one in real life. If you a rocket scientist and engineer with time on your hands you can, but you’ll just end up writing and discovering everything covered in the full $200-$250 version. If you just want “plans for a rocket” the $50 version is PERFECT. To really build the DBeta (and you can from locally available materials like sheet aluminium, steel plate stock and regular tubular steel) the more expensive version is the only way to do it.









Partially completed model of a Daedalus Drogue Module


Model of a Daedalus FC Module in Foamboard  and Card

Fine Print
You will have to sign and return an Information Property protection contract as there are some trade secrets in the design (especially in the fight computer and rear portion of the rocket motor), as well as a waiver releasing our company from liability in the finished product.
Disclaimer: until the Stanford Systems Cicada Rocket Motor system is fully tested, the plans and designs offered here are entirely theoretical and the enthusiast builds especially the propulsion section at their own risk. As soon as data becomes available, the plans will be upgraded with statement (and supporting data) that the rocket motor itself is tested and reliable.

As always, my work is consuming more money than its making. If you like the quality of research so far, please underwrite me to whatever degree you can and this will free me up to continue working.

Thank you!


If you want to continue to download them, please donate at least $10 via PayPal and we will provide you a permanent password for the downloads area where you can download electronic copies of these white papers. PLEASE DON’T DISTRIBUTE PASSWORDS ONCE ACCESS IS GRANTED YOU. Thanks 😀

For students and others qualifying, email me at and ask for an exemption and get in for free. Ask, the worst I can say is “No.”

For a complete set of Stanford Systems technical manuals you can buy here. We will email you the ZIP file containing the latest, full versions of our suborbital rocket design manuals.  Only $29.99.


A Practical Approach to a Sustainable Lunar Economy: the APALSE paper aka “Frameworks” that explains a that can be implemented to implement a basic, realistic lunar economy based on power generation, practical lunar habitats, mining and agriculture.

Get the Kindle e-book, here: Frameworks: Lunar Colonization

Addendum: Celina, the underground lunar city. Using contemporary drilling techniques to build an underground moon city.

Download the full paper here: celinia1

Addendum: Space Station Alpha. Design for the construction of a real gravitized space station from lunar-sourced metals.

Download the full paper here: space_station_alpha1

Addendum: Lunar Dome. Using Kevlar-membrane technology, building a lunar dome with 99% indigenous materials.

Download the paper here: lunar_dome1

Small model of an affordable dome layout with aluminum processing, basalt pads, Celineia tunnel drilling in the top-left corner and power generation in bottom-right corner. Space vehicle and space station construction going on in top-right corner.



Lunar Mining


Extraction of pure metals and breathable oxygen from lunar regolith. A critical part of our Frameworks strategy. Courtesy of NASA.




Could these robot farms be the wave of the future on the moon (and other planets in our solar system)? (image:

ADV Technology

Interesting projects various groups are working on.


Similar to our Pegasus concept.



Manned Rocket Guidance from First Principles : the MRGFP paper that explains how manned suborbital space vehicles can be guided from launch to recovery through sets of theoretical explanations, easy to understand examples and in-depth looks at Finite Element Analysis (FEM) and various computer models that can be implemented by on board flight computers.

Trial Version: Download first part of the document here.



Hercules Colonial Mission: the first drafts of the HCM, a technical survey of the required items and approaches with which to implement the ideas presented in Frameworks. A must see.

Trial Version: Download first half of the document here.


The Technology of the HCM (Technical Specifications of Mission Vehicles)

Pegasus Lander Engineering Prints

Loader Rover Working Diagram

Complete HCM mission model in dowel, styrofoam and ABS resin (almost completed):






Not trying to promote Mountain Dew here but empty soda cans make for a great form to apply ABS resin to. I have the foam masked off (so the solvent doesn’t melt it during drying) and getting to this in a few days.




Fin Guidance for Atmospheric Rockets: the FGAR paper is basically part 2 to the MRGFP guidance paper, deals with methodologies and algorithms that can be used for AM/EX and sounding rockets. Anticipated that the algorithm will be made available to interested HPR and AM/EX rocketry enthusiasts in the form of a small-form factor flight computer than can actuate hobby servo-driven fins.

Trial Version: Download first part of the document here.



Now this is (kinda) what I’m talking about…

Organic Spacesuit Construction: this is what has been written on this theoretical paper on optimal suborbital space/pressure suit design.

Initial Draft: Download first part of the document here.

How to Make a 36″ Diameter Nosecone with Fiberglass/Epoxy: Working on getting the DBeta airframe together, and here is a short document on exactly how to make a large nosecone. Special thanks to Jon Coker’s Youtube tutorials.

Initial Draft: Download the document here.

NASA Proposal: the Hercule Module: how does NASA experiment with some of the ideas presented in Frameworks? Systems integration with the Hercule Ion Drive/Superstructure Module

Initial Draft: Download the document here.

Conceptual Engineering Prints for the Hercules Colonial Mission : how might an implementation of Frameworks look? Check out these designs:


Flight Computers and Networking: how do you actually “wire” a manned suborbital vehicle so its safe and reliable? This tutorial goes into how its done so the end result is “high reliability”. Requires some programming knowledge; a comprehensive look at protocols, algorythms and hardware necessary for suborbital avionics development.

Only available in Members Only area.

Portions of the web site that are still active, can be linked to here:

Stanford Systems Official Business Blog.

Stanford Systems Official Discussion Group.




Click here to download a free Full-Scale Engineering print that you can take to the

local Kinkos or OfficeMax and print it out in B&W for only about $3.50 (its about 3 feet by 4 feet).


Whenever I get angry with the Russians, I just watch this.



17 thoughts on “Stanford Systems

  1. How do I build a 6-axis inertial unit?

    Its easier than you think if you have the skills. The trick is in mounting the accelerometers and gyros backward (assuming you are using a PCB prototyping etching system) by epoxying the surface-mount components upside-down. This allows you to unwind some stranded copper wire into a few lengths of “cat whiskers” that can then be very carefully hand soldered to the pads that are usually facing down. Another big plus about doing it this way is that the phenolic substrate for the PCB is incredibly flat, so the best way to insure true 90 degree angles (which DIRECTLY effect the accuracy of your finished unit) is to epoxy them with their flat top edge directly against the PCB, with a very thin layer of epoxy between them, kind of floating on it.

    Piezo gyros and accelerometers aren’t bleeding edge any more so you can whip together a flight-ready 6-axis (that is X-Y-Z angular and X-Y-Z acceleration, 6 total) for close to $100 if you already have the microcontroller programmer and the electronic equipment. With the Bosch gyro/accellerometer going for about $3 you can whip it up with a PIC16Fx or PIC18 (if you like programming in C language, not assembly) for next to nothing. Use an SBC like a Raspberry PI though its serial port (integrate a MAX232 into the unit if you want it to talk RS232) and you can log your flights in 6 degrees of freedom.

    Just some practical thoughts about cheap inertial units.


  2. Donations, Donations, Donations

    Why is Stanford Systems concentrating on donations?

    I don’t have my lucrative software engineering practice these days, living off of my government benefits, so to make any practical leaps forward, I need people to underwrite my research. With the suspension of the Daedalus PSC project, I’m looking to bootstrap the D-Beta Atmospheric Rocket which is A LOT easier to build.

    What donations (of money, materials and facilities) cover is the computer hardware, servos, PCB etching supplies, programmers as well as the metal fabrication to build the D-Beta’s steel frame. Its a lot different from the Daedalus in that its possible to build with commercially-available materials, more in its construction like an experimental aircraft than the Daedalus will be.

    Short term the donations go directly to building the avionics for the D-Beta, a high-speed autopilot system that will keep the rocket on a basic parabolic trajectory (and roll neutral) so we can get it to drop into a lake here in Arizona without scrambling the test pilot’s brains. “You can do this?” Yes…its new, but we have technical expertise similar to Scaled Composites and other small aerospace companies so we are confident we can do it safely.

    In the short term, I need to enter into a relationship with some HPR guys who don’t mind servo-driven fins sticking out of their bird. The electronics are miniaturized so it will fit in a smaller AM/EX rocket that we’ll need for testing and debugging the autopilot system. It will include a 6-axis inertial measurement unit, connected to a Flight Computer (probably the Raspberry PI or Beagleboard) with output to the servo controlling board and electrical power. So if there are any HPR guys that want to donate their time and equipment for housing these items, I’d love to get this portion tested and out of the way.

    I’m still working on the theoretical aspects of rocket design, but I want to get in a good mixture of practical so I can get a real-life bird out there selling it for about the same price as an exotic sports car.

    Where I’m going with this over the next year…finances willing.


  3. Finally found the last elusive piece…super-sized servos: . and at a reasonable price I’m sure.

    OK, found the price for them…about $600 per unit. That is not bad at all (whistles softly). Need 4 of them so we’re looking at about $2400 just for the fin servos. I’ll be selling these puppies for about 150K after I’m done so what the heck 😀


  4. A long with finding these super-sized servos, I had another bit of good news today. We currently have about an 8 inch section of the motor nozzle for the D-Beta in FEM pseudocode. Yes, only eight inches, but it does demonstrate that our approach does work. I now know, from stem to stern, how to build one of these things. Several of the main pieces are still in embryonic states, but today we realized that we’re there…its designed….its a linear process just requiring hard work, time, and money to accomplish what we have set out to do.

    The guidance methodology has been set. For example we are anticipating a 200-node semi-dynamic model for the D-Beta that is closer to the more advanced techniques we were thinking we were going to have to wait for the Daedalus for.

    Anyways, just wanted to share with you all, a rare, vindicating, happy moment 😀

    Not sure if anyone will get excited about this but have you ever wondered what about 10 inches of the back end of big rocket looks like? Well, in numbers it looks like this. It’s a numeric representation of the geometry of the rocket that is then rendered on memory to a FEM model (about 11 megabytes big, and that’s just using a byte for every element).


  5. Very interesting video, a guy doing some of what we are doing with active roll control. Look at the stabilized vs. unstabilized part of the video and you’ll see what we mean about roll control.


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