Llamaz in near-Space
The Llamaz are the first ever NFTs to travel to near-space.
Why did the Llamaz venture into space?
Due to extreme climate change induced by overuse of PoW Blockchain technologies, the Llamaz are forced to look to the stars for new planets to settle on. In light of technological constraints -- these aren't exactly Alpacaz -- the Llamaz have commissioned a high-altitude weather balloon to assist them reach near space. In collaboration with European Astrotech, this exploratory mission, aptly named LLAMAZ-1, has reached a maximum altitude of 28,832 meters, making them by far the most space faring NFTs of all time. The video below recounts in its entirety the mission and tells the story of these brave Llamaz who have dared to go where no NFT has gone before.
The LLAMAZ-1 mission was a thorough success. The mission has brought back with it important scientific data, which has been used to conclusively show that the Llama planet is in fact round, much to the dismay of the FLE (Flat Llama Earthers).
From the launchsite, telemetric data and an image feed was live streamed across all of Llamaland. With the fate of Llama-kind likely hinging on the outcome of this mission, thousands of Llamaz tuned in to watch this historical live broadcast. Celebrations of joy erupted all over Llamaland as the craft landed safely back on the ground, bringing home with it the 5 brave astronaut Llamas, and its payload. The President of Llamaland has since declared a day of celebration and a new hope for all Llama-kind. The diagram below illustrates the trajectory of the Llamaz spacecraft.
In addition to the scientific instruments and astronauts aboard, LLAMAZ-1 carried with it a digital payload contained within two USB drives (one as a fail safe). The data in the digital payload includes the collective DNA of Llama-kind, as well as a letter addressed to any potential extraterrestrial life who might have intercepted the craft in the event of a mission failure.
The Llama DNA was safely extracted from each Llama and stored as PNG files on the USB drives. In the event that the craft did reach new planets, the Astronauts were instructed to use the DNA to create a Llama colony. A JSON file, also enclosed in the USB, catalogued each Llama, its name, attributes, serial number, mint sequence, and other properties.
Design and Instruments
The payload consisted of a polystyrene box housing a GoPro Hero7 for 4K video recording and a Raspberry Pi based tracking computer using hardware designed and built by Uputronics and software developed by Dave Akerman called Pi In The Sky (PITS). The PITS board allows still photos taken on a raspberry pi camera to be transmitted to ground during flight. A 3D printed mount for the image and USB was designed and printed in house by European Astrotech and placed on a boom connected to the internal structure of the payload box. The payload and parachute weighed 1500g and were connected to an 800g Hyowee balloon. The balloon was filled with 3500 litres of lighter than air hydrogen.
A notice to airmen was issued and the payload was released at around 12:15 (BST). Once telemetry was confirmed to have been received by the distributed network of receiving stations, two European Astrotech engineers followed the craft by car to track and recover the payload. The predicted landing prior to launch was north of a town named Corby in the UK. The balloon ascended to an altitude of 28784m over a flight time of 1 hour and 45 minutes, bursting at 13:55 (BST). The payload fell back to earth under the parachute in a little over 45 minutes before landing in a field just outside the village of Tugby.
Perhaps most significantly, the 5 Llama Astronauts have landed safely back on earth. Their bravery and courage in the face of adversity has not gone unrewarded, and they have promptly been awarded the Medal of Llama, the highest honor a Llama can receive.
Conspiracy / FLE Claims
While most have been jubilant at the success of this mission, not everyone is happy. Many in the Flat Llama Earthers Society (FLE) continue to claim that the mission was a hoax, and orchestrated by the Llama Space Agency (LSA). None of these claims have yet to be substantiated with real evidence.