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[22:23] <phatmonkey> ok, ok, ok
[22:23] <phatmonkey> I have another wacky idea
[22:23] Action: icez looks at phatmonkey
[22:23] <phatmonkey> put the slug, storage, gps, phone and a wireless network card into a little parcel
[22:24] <phatmonkey> ...... and send it somewhere
[22:24] <phatmonkey> half to test the equipment
[22:24] <phatmonkey> half just for the hell of it
[22:24] <phatmonkey> it can text us
[22:24] <jcoxon> hehe
[22:24] <jcoxon> get someone to take it on a trip
[22:24] <phatmonkey> and find open wireless networks to connect and send data
[22:24] <phatmonkey> might try sending it to america or something...
[22:24] <phatmonkey> track the plane's position!
[22:25] <jcoxon> i tested pegasus I gps and gumstix by sticking it in the car during a journey
[22:25] <phatmonkey> yeah
[22:25] <phatmonkey> I wonder how long we can get the batteries to last....
[22:25] <phatmonkey> we could put it in surface mail to australia
[22:26] <phatmonkey> lol
[22:26] <jcoxon> haha
[22:26] <icez> but wouldn't that scare the post office?:/
[22:26] <phatmonkey> they wouldn't know...
[22:26] <icez> they might think it's a bomb and destroy it
[22:26] <phatmonkey> if it goes through the xray
[22:26] <phatmonkey> it just looks like innocent computer equipment
[22:26] <phatmonkey> they'll have no diea it's /running/!
[22:26] <phatmonkey> *idea
[22:27] <phatmonkey> anywho
[22:27] <jcoxon> i'm not sure they are a big fan of mobile phones connected to things
[22:27] <jcoxon> hehe
[22:27] <phatmonkey> better get some sleep
[22:27] <phatmonkey> yeah....
[22:27] <phatmonkey> I'll use my gsm terminal
[22:27] <phatmonkey> it looks nothing like a phone
[22:27] <phatmonkey> or just use the wireless network card
[22:27] <phatmonkey> and see if it finds any open networks!
[22:27] <phatmonkey> free too
[22:28] <phatmonkey> I'm sure there'll be some where the post vans stops at taffic lights or something
[22:28] <phatmonkey> mobile phones are a bit risky... you're right
[22:28] <phatmonkey> I'll have to put a big message inside saying it's a harmless experiment!
[22:28] <phatmonkey> or maybe armless
[22:29] <phatmonkey> eheheh
[22:29] <jcoxon> just send it on a car journey
[22:29] <phatmonkey> any news on pegasus II btw?
[22:29] <jcoxon> nothing
[22:29] <jcoxon> doubt i'll here anything
[22:29] <phatmonkey> sending it abroad is more fun ;)
[22:29] <phatmonkey> that's such a shame...
[22:29] <phatmonkey> maybe one day
[22:29] <jcoxon> though peg III is coming along
[22:29] <jcoxon> and also
[22:29] <jcoxon> there is now a cambridge balloon project
[22:29] <phatmonkey> oh wow!
[22:29] <phatmonkey> I'll need to get into cambridge now...
[22:30] <jcoxon> :-D
[22:30] <jcoxon> might get a grant for the holidays
[22:30] <jcoxon> 8 weeks of balloons
[22:30] <phatmonkey> sweet
[22:30] <jcoxon> + my trip to africa to launch balloons
[22:30] <jcoxon> gonna be non stop
[22:30] <phatmonkey> woah
[22:30] <phatmonkey> that's awesome
[22:31] <phatmonkey> must sleep or I'll never get up tomorrow
[22:31] <jcoxon> need to get a phatmonkey payload up soon
[22:31] <jcoxon> night (i'm back at home now - bored already)
[22:31] <phatmonkey> already starting gcses
[22:31] <phatmonkey> yeah
[22:31] <phatmonkey> you need to think of more wacky ideas!
[22:31] <phatmonkey> try a free fall capsule!
[22:32] <icez> try to get a balloon to land here:)
[22:32] <phatmonkey> I could make it for a launch in africa if you wanted :D
[22:32] <phatmonkey> doesn't really matter if it makes an impact crater in the desert I guess
[22:32] <jcoxon> icez, wheres here?
[22:32] <icez> arizona
[22:32] <icez> :P
[22:32] <jcoxon> could be tough
[22:32] <icez> yeah:/
[22:32] <jcoxon> though the cambridge project might be able to do it
[22:32] <phatmonkey> could try and make a glider that flies over there on thermals...
[22:33] <jcoxon> they are working on 30 days or more
[22:33] <jcoxon> phatmonkey, truthfull i'm interested in looking into gliders
[22:33] <phatmonkey> nasa did a similar project
[22:33] <jcoxon> well sort of something more then uncontrolled payloads
[22:33] <jcoxon> yeah
[22:33] <phatmonkey> they kept a glider up indefinitely
[22:33] <phatmonkey> solar panels
[22:34] <phatmonkey> thermals and electric powered
[22:34] <jcoxon> no experience with gliders though
[22:34] <phatmonkey> better go
[22:34] <phatmonkey> cya
[22:34] <jcoxon> cya
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[22:34] <jcoxon> seriously, the more i think of it the more i think near space is an untapped zone
[22:34] <jcoxon> major potential
[22:35] <icez> :D
[22:35] <icez> hey, a few days ago #space was talking about an altitude that is very very hot
[22:35] <jcoxon> yeah
[22:36] <icez> wouldn't want your balloon to melt:)
[22:36] <jcoxon> no but it could be very useful as well :-D
[22:37] <icez> i guess
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