highaltitude.log.20060113

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[20:53] <jcoxon> !recap
[20:53] <jcoxon> oops
[21:09] <jcoxon> found this mildly interesting site http://www.spacetoday.org/SolSys/Earth/AltitudesChart.html
[21:09] <jcoxon> gives a bit of perspective
[21:09] <jcoxon> :-)
[21:33] <phatmonkey> yeah
[21:36] <jcoxon> just ordered a geiger counter from ebay
[21:37] <jcoxon> going to hack it up to interface with the gumstix
[21:37] <phatmonkey> ooh, nice
[21:37] <phatmonkey> you really really really need a blog
[21:38] <phatmonkey> I want to catch up with updates via rss ;)
[21:38] <jcoxon> you read the comment then :D
[21:38] <jcoxon> not sure how i'll do it though
[21:38] <jcoxon> i'm using my uni webspace
[21:40] <phatmonkey> you can pinch some space on the server my wiki's on if you want
[21:40] <phatmonkey> not sure how it'll live up to a slashdotting or similar though
[21:40] <jcoxon> me getting slashdotted? :)
[21:40] <phatmonkey> I'll probably move my wiki to somewhere more solid before we do our first flight
[21:41] <phatmonkey> well, digged, del.icio.used, and the rest
[21:41] <jcoxon> :-D
[21:41] <jcoxon> hackaday is bad enough
[21:41] <phatmonkey> yah
[21:41] <jcoxon> really beginning to accelerate with development
[21:42] <jcoxon> depending on getting the balloon i'll be able to launch in a month
[21:42] <phatmonkey> we only got about 4000 clicks from hackaday because we were just on a links post
[21:42] <phatmonkey> wowee
[21:42] <phatmonkey> school has been bogging me down recently
[21:42] <phatmonkey> can't wait to go to uni.... time!
[21:43] <jcoxon> time? nah
[21:43] <phatmonkey> really?
[21:43] <jcoxon> its much easier to do once you've done it before
[21:43] <phatmonkey> yeah
[21:43] <jcoxon> no there is loads of time but its very easy to fill
[21:43] <phatmonkey> bah
[21:43] <jcoxon> socialising and such - its just i'm back early and not many people are here to distract me
[21:43] <jcoxon> no flatmates right now
[21:44] <phatmonkey> yeah
[21:44] <phatmonkey> I'm very efficient at wasting time
[21:44] <synco> ... or girl-friends!!? :-D
[21:44] <jcoxon> you'll do fine then here :-)
[21:44] <jcoxon> haha
[21:44] <phatmonkey> :o
[21:44] <phatmonkey> just noticed your comment on the site
[21:44] <phatmonkey> wee hee
[21:45] <phatmonkey> manually edit an rss feed then :D
[21:45] <jcoxon> hehe
[21:45] <phatmonkey> now /that's/ hacker
[21:46] <phatmonkey> do you think those cheapy ebay balloons would go higher if we kept it light and filled the balloon less?
[21:46] <jcoxon> yup
[21:47] <synco> What weight balloons are you using??
[21:47] <jcoxon> pegasus I was 200g
[21:47] <jcoxon> am looking to get a 1000g
[21:47] <phatmonkey> how heavy was the payload?
[21:47] <synco> How much do you want to lift?
[21:48] Action: jcoxon hopes that British Antarctic Survey is nice and gives him one
[21:48] <jcoxon> my payload was 1kg
[21:48] <jcoxon> with an extra lb of lift
[21:48] <phatmonkey> ah, I'm never going to keep it under 1kg
[21:49] <synco> Most manufacturers have charts for calculating balloon size / lift /ceiling.
[21:49] <phatmonkey> guess I'll be able to do low altitude test flights with the 200g balloons, but nothing reasonably serious
[21:49] <synco> You should think of going to hydrogen... about 5x cheaper
[21:50] <phatmonkey> ... and I will chat to stan from phoenix mp about large stable foam gliders
[21:50] <jcoxon> :-)
[21:50] <jcoxon> more lift as well
[21:50] <phatmonkey> glider go bang?
[21:50] <synco> only 10% more lift.
[21:50] <synco> Safe as houses!
[21:51] <synco> Just give-up ya smoking habit first!!
[21:51] <jcoxon> hehe
[21:52] <phatmonkey> http://www.phoenixmp.com/models/eppisoar.htm
[21:52] <phatmonkey> that's actually rather small
[21:52] <phatmonkey> smaller than I thought
[21:53] <phatmonkey> we might be able to get a custom job off him
[21:53] <phatmonkey> maybe with a big payload thing on the front
[21:53] <phatmonkey> http://artvb.oatmeal.dhs.org/index.php?id=4
[21:54] <phatmonkey> something along the lines of that
[21:54] <phatmonkey> well, the pod anyway
[21:56] <phatmonkey> the size of the pod there compared to the size of the glider is a tad ridiculous though
[21:56] <phatmonkey> I want a large glider so we can actually stay up for a while if we want
[21:59] <jcoxon> and then go in the sea!
[22:01] <phatmonkey> eek
[22:12] <jcoxon> http://www.srcf.ucam.org/~jac208/pegasus/pegasus.rss
[22:12] <jcoxon> happy now
[22:13] <jcoxon> :-)
[22:14] <phatmonkey> you did it! :D
[22:14] <phatmonkey> wowee
[22:14] <phatmonkey> I'm very happy now
[22:15] <phatmonkey> I'm insanely tired
[22:16] <jcoxon> so "now /that's/ hacker"
[22:16] <jcoxon> hehe
[22:16] <phatmonkey> better get some sleep
[22:16] <phatmonkey> :D
[22:16] <jcoxon> i'll just have to remember to update it
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