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[03:03] <synco> check-out: www.gpsboomerang.com
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[10:00] <jcoxon> hey synco
[10:08] <jcoxon> ooo - like your databird system, hows it going?
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[11:08] Topic changed on #highaltitude by jcoxon!n=jcoxon@81-178-228-1.dsl.pipex.com: Welcome to #highaltitude - discuss anything to do with high altitude projects (balloons, gliders, etc) e.g. http://www.srcf.ucam.org/~jac208/pegasus/ or http://glider.phatmonkey.org.uk/wiki/
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[17:13] <phatmonkey> synco: nice stuff
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[20:36] <synco> Going great. Just starting testing at higher altitudes (for development testing tended to be <2km).
[20:37] <jcoxon> hi synco
[20:38] <synco> Hi, how are things going?
[20:39] <jcoxon> good thanks
[20:39] <jcoxon> good to see someone new on the channel
[20:39] <jcoxon> its been me, phatmonkey and a bot for quite some time
[20:40] <synco> Like your website.
[20:40] <jcoxon> its rather basic! :D
[20:40] <synco> How many balloon launches have you been doing?
[20:40] <jcoxon> done one
[20:40] <jcoxon> going for a second in about a month and a half
[20:41] <synco> Great. I still remember my first launch....
[20:41] <synco> Nerve recking, watching all your effort going up.
[20:41] <jcoxon> how many have you clocked up?
[20:42] <synco> about 200 odd.
[20:42] <phatmonkey> hi synco
[20:42] <phatmonkey> wow!
[20:42] <synco> Greetings.
[20:42] <jcoxon> synco, do you use radio to communicate in flight?
[20:43] <phatmonkey> I must get my amateur radio license...
[20:44] <synco> Not really. Originally I used to have RC gear but only useful when trying to avoid trees on landing.
[20:44] <phatmonkey> how about relaying data?
[20:45] <synco> Plane is made to carry standard radio-sondes so they relay the data.
[20:45] <jcoxon> and the plane itself is autonomous
[20:45] <synco> The flight data (upto 8MB) is logged on-board.
[20:46] <synco> yip. Fully. That's the scary thing. You can hardly see it after 1km so no point of having manual control.
[20:47] <jcoxon> true true
[20:47] <jcoxon> have you had much interest? commercially?
[20:48] <synco> Just starting to go public... yet some big companies (who probably want to remain unmentioned) are showing interest.
[20:48] <jcoxon> hehe, of course
[20:48] <synco> :-)
[20:49] <synco> Where about in the UK are you based?
[20:49] <jcoxon> in East Anglia
[20:50] <jcoxon> i myself at the moment am sticking to parachute return
[20:51] <synco> yeah. As-long as they don't get blown into the ditch it's ok.
[20:51] <synco> Do you have a release mechanism?
[20:52] <jcoxon> nope
[20:52] <jcoxon> hehe
[20:52] <synco> Is it easy terrain to find stuff in???
[20:52] <jcoxon> the only worry is the sea
[20:53] <jcoxon> apart from that its just miles of fields
[20:53] <synco> Lucky!!!
[20:53] <jcoxon> synco, do you mind if i put your site in my links section?
[20:53] <jcoxon> yeah, you're in NZ? lots of hills.
[20:54] <synco> No worries. Do you want yours listed on mine?
[20:54] <jcoxon> yeah :D, don't forget phatmonkeys as well - its more like your glider
[20:54] <synco> Try mountains! and thick forests and bush!
[20:54] <jcoxon> am trying to create a community
[20:55] <synco> What's phatmonkeys site?
[20:55] <jcoxon> http://glider.phatmonkey.org.uk/wiki/
[20:57] <synco> Server Error :-(
[20:59] <jcoxon> phatmonkey ??
[20:59] <synco> Yeah. [code=CANT_CONNECT] Could not connect because of networking problems. Contact your system administrator.
[21:00] <synco> Do I need to use an anonymizer??
[21:01] <phatmonkey> sorry
[21:01] <phatmonkey> moving servers
[21:01] <phatmonkey> forgot to copy something
[21:01] <jcoxon> oh right :-)
[21:01] <phatmonkey> can't reinstall debian
[21:01] <phatmonkey> copying over internet taking a lot of time
[21:01] <phatmonkey> ... hence, no site
[21:01] <synco> Let me know when it's up again.
[21:02] <synco> Be interested to see what you've got..
[21:02] <jcoxon> there is also the guy in canda who has used a glider on quite a few flights
[21:02] <jcoxon> till it crashed into a mountain
[21:03] <jcoxon> he's now working on a mk2
[21:03] <synco> Yeah, read about that.
[21:04] <synco> I've also got a 2.1m wingspan glider which my auto-pilot controller can fly.
[21:04] <synco> What to make it find thermals, and do some serious cross-country flying.
[21:04] <jcoxon> wow, thats big
[21:05] <jcoxon> hehe look at this: http://www.astronautix.com/articles/abroject.htm
[21:05] <jcoxon> an interesting approach
[21:05] <synco> But... need to focus on selling little planes first.
[21:06] <jcoxon> yeah
[21:07] <synco> Here is an article about some guys at NASA doing it... http://www.nasa.gov/missions/research/thermal_soaring.html
[21:07] <synco> Got to go now. /s
[21:08] <jcoxon> cya
[21:09] <jcoxon> bbl
[21:13] <phatmonkey> bye all
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[22:51] <jcoxon> hey phatmonkey
[22:51] <jcoxon> been updating my links on the website and found this bookmark
[22:51] <jcoxon> thought you might be interested:
[22:51] <jcoxon> http://www.kd7lmo.net/index.html
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