highaltitude.log.20060303

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[12:19] Topic changed on #highaltitude by jcoxon!n=jcoxon@jac208.caths.cam.ac.uk: 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/ - Pegasus II launch 08.30GMT 04/03/06
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[13:06] <malgar> jcoxon, !!
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[14:36] <Neutrino> Hi all.
[14:39] <malgar> will be there the launch tomorrow?
[14:40] <malgar> (jcoxon's balloon)
[14:40] <Neutrino> don't know
[14:40] <Neutrino> Haven't heard anything, he's probably working on it
[14:41] <malgar> tomorrow there will be the launch if everything is ok (as jacoxon said lat week)
[14:41] <malgar> last
[14:42] <Neutrino> yes thats the plan, I don't know if the permission from the CAA has come through yet ?
[14:43] <malgar> i think (hope) so
[14:44] <Neutrino> Should be good if it all goes to plan, must sat I am very impressed by what he has acheieved so far
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[18:17] <jcoxon> hey all
[18:17] <malgar> j!
[18:18] <jcoxon> :-D
[18:18] <jcoxon> well
[18:18] <jcoxon> its sort of ready
[18:18] <jcoxon> still got lots to do with the payload
[18:18] <malgar> will be there a live coverage?
[18:18] <malgar> on irc?
[18:18] <jcoxon> ummm a little
[18:19] <jcoxon> no internet access at the launch site
[18:19] <jcoxon> so will have to wait till i get home afterwards
[18:19] <jcoxon> will try and keep it updated
[18:19] <malgar> how much time will pass?
[18:19] <jcoxon> we'll lose it for about 2 hours
[18:19] <jcoxon> perhaps a little more
[18:20] <malgar> well, but when i have to expect an update here? :-)
[18:20] <jcoxon> the launch is at 8.30gmt
[18:21] <jcoxon> so probably about 9
[18:22] <malgar> well! so from 9 to about 10.30 there will be the coverage, right?
[18:22] <malgar> (i have to program my day :))
[18:22] <malgar> and then recovery phase how much will last? the whole day?
[18:23] <jcoxon> we should get a signal at about 11 - 11.30
[18:23] <jcoxon> and then i'll go and get it - retrival around 3 or 4 hopefully
[18:23] <jcoxon> though no promises
[18:24] <malgar> for sure, no problem about promises.. i could imagine how much you will be busy :)
[18:24] <jcoxon> :-D
[18:24] <jcoxon> still haven't finished everything
[18:24] <jcoxon> and one of the cameras is broken
[18:25] <malgar> but i think (in egoistical way? :P) that public outreach is an important part of a mission :)
[18:25] <malgar> nooo
[18:25] <malgar> do you have a backup?
[18:28] <jcoxon> well yes
[18:28] <jcoxon> just we'll be one short
[18:28] <jcoxon> so one facing up
[18:28] <jcoxon> one sideways
[18:28] <jcoxon> and the video camera down
[18:29] <malgar> I think that a lot of people in #space could be interested
[18:30] <malgar> to follow the "mission"
[18:30] <jcoxon> :D i'll try my hardest to keep you updated
[18:30] <malgar> eheh that would be really cool
[18:30] <jcoxon> i'll post pictures as well of the launch
[18:31] <jcoxon> though the winds aren't good
[18:31] <jcoxon> so there is a big risk of it landing in the sea
[18:31] <jcoxon> but the mission must go on!
[18:31] <malgar> :\\\\... and you will launch anyway?
[18:32] <jcoxon> yup
[18:32] <jcoxon> might as well
[18:32] <malgar> aren't you afrait to loose the payload?
[18:32] <malgar> lose/loose?
[18:32] <malgar> lost
[18:32] <malgar> boh
[18:32] <malgar> :P
[18:33] <jcoxon> lose
[18:33] <jcoxon> well i am
[18:33] <jcoxon> but its a risk i have to take
[18:33] <jcoxon> and if not i'm not sure when i can launch again
[18:34] <malgar> hehe this is a "sovietic space approach" :P launch anyway
[18:34] <jcoxon> :-D
[18:34] <jcoxon> exactly
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[18:35] <malgar> :)
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[18:40] <jv> 'lo :)
[18:40] <malgar> :)
[18:40] <jcoxon> hi
[18:42] <jv> jcoxon: I wish you luck and good weather tomorrow :)
[18:43] <jcoxon> thanks
[18:43] <jcoxon> gonna need it :-)
[18:44] <jv> How long does it stay in the atmosphere?
[18:45] <malgar> 2-3 hours
[18:45] <jv> and then it falls down?
[18:45] <malgar> yes
[18:45] <jcoxon> parachute :-D
[18:45] <malgar> eheh yes
[18:45] <jv> jcoxon: Ah
[18:46] <malgar> jv, pegasus 1 went 20km high
[18:46] <malgar> http://www.srcf.ucam.org/~jac208/pegasus/pegasus1.html
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[18:46] <jcoxon> the state of my desk right now
[18:46] <jcoxon> http://www.srcf.ucam.org/~jac208/pegasus/pictures/pegasus2/construction/P1010088.JPG
[18:47] <jv> malgar: yep, i just wondered the ordinary questions
[18:47] <jv> a) couldn't airplane hit it b) could it hit anyone when it falls back to earth :)
[18:47] <jcoxon> right guys, got to dash - have to go for dinner - will be on late finishing hte payload
[18:47] <jcoxon> speak to you all later
[18:47] <jcoxon> byeeeeeee
[18:47] <malgar> pegasus1 was a so cool mission... when I saw jcoxon i was stunned
[18:48] <jv> Enjoy :)
[18:48] <malgar> jcoxon, bbl
[18:48] <malgar> jcoxon website :P
[18:48] <jv> malgar: indeed, it's very cool
[18:48] <jv> I'm not sure if one could do something like that here
[18:48] <jv> (where I live)
[18:49] <jv> as I happen to live under 'airplane highway'
[18:50] <malgar> jv, the same here... i want to do something like that.. i've sent about 20 emails to many aviation autorithies but nobody gave to me an answer if i can do that
[18:51] <malgar> it seems that nobody knows the laws that speaks about stratospheric/weather balloons
[18:51] <jv> malgar: the weather service?
[18:52] <malgar> jv, did you see these?
[18:52] <malgar> http://www.gumstix.com/~craig/pictures/across.html
[18:52] <malgar> jv, i'll try to ask them
[18:53] <malgar> but first i have a contact with asi (italian space agency).. with the balloons section
[18:54] <malgar> i wait an answer by a man that actually is too busy abroad
[18:55] <malgar> but i hope that he can give me an help
[19:02] <malgar> jv, jcoxon said that wind isn't very good for tomorrow.. the payload could fall in the sea...
[19:42] <phatmonkey> neatness
[19:44] <malgar> ?
[19:45] <phatmonkey> launch tomorrow
[19:45] <phatmonkey> sigh, wish I had as much time
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