highaltitude.log.20060404

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[13:07] <Kybernetos> hey guys
[13:10] <jcoxon> hey Kybernetos
[13:10] <jcoxon> hows it going?
[13:12] <Kybernetos> it's all good thanks... you=
[13:12] <Kybernetos> ?
[13:12] <jcoxon> yeah
[13:12] <Kybernetos> oki. =)
[13:12] <jcoxon> though am bored waiting for my new gumstix
[13:12] <Kybernetos> heheh
[13:13] <jcoxon> hows the project going?
[13:13] <Kybernetos> But you got the new one for free, right?
[13:13] <jcoxon> yeah
[13:13] <jcoxon> can't really complain
[13:14] <Kybernetos> Well, my project had been stalled since february due to the authorities completely ignoring my emails... I was finally able to get some feedback yesterday after I started harassing them by phone aswell. ;)
[13:14] <jcoxon> hehe
[13:14] <Kybernetos> So what's the plan for pegasus 3?
[13:14] <jcoxon> back to basics
[13:14] <Kybernetos> oki.
[13:14] <jcoxon> really want a successful flight
[13:14] <Kybernetos> i know... that's what we all want. =)
[13:15] <jcoxon> going to test the new daughterboard for the gumstix wi th gps built on
[13:15] <Kybernetos> What alt are you gonna go for this time?
[13:15] <jcoxon> 70,000ft
[13:15] <Kybernetos> gps built-in? wow! =D
[13:15] <Kybernetos> ok
[13:15] <jcoxon> going to use a 200gm balloon
[13:15] <jcoxon> so basically, gumstix with gps, phone, one relatively good camera
[13:16] <jcoxon> a cut down mechanism
[13:16] <jcoxon> and perhaps if i can get it working a temperature sensor
[13:18] <Kybernetos> ok
[13:18] <Kybernetos> but you're still relying on retreiving the balloon afterwards?
[13:18] <jcoxon> yup
[13:18] <Kybernetos> =)
[13:18] <jcoxon> am now working on a universtiy funded project as well
[13:18] <jcoxon> we are looking into methods of telemetry
[13:18] <jcoxon> looking into different frequencies
[13:19] <Kybernetos> do you have any idea of how high pegasus 2 went before the GSM signal ceased?
[13:19] <Kybernetos> cool
[13:19] <jcoxon> no
[13:19] <jcoxon> sadly not
[13:19] <Kybernetos> ok. =/
[13:20] <Kybernetos> I looked at some irc log earlier btw... who's this "professor" guy?
[13:20] <Kybernetos> and does his project have a webpage?
[13:20] <jcoxon> oh hes based in the US
[13:20] <jcoxon> yeah
[13:21] <jcoxon> http://www.x-division.com/wiki/index.php/HAARP
[13:21] <Kybernetos> US? eew, yankie. ;P
[13:21] <jcoxon> hehe
[13:21] <Kybernetos> thanks.
[13:22] <jcoxon> really like his google map hac
[13:22] <jcoxon> k
[13:23] <Kybernetos> it doesn't seem to work in my mozilla
[13:24] <jcoxon> "If there is no map below, it simply means there has been no data sent in the past 24 hours."
[13:24] <jcoxon> guess he has it turned off
[13:25] <Kybernetos> duh, okay. i'm running between making lunch in the kitchen & the computer, must have missed that. =P
[13:25] <jcoxon> hehe
[13:26] <jcoxon> been thinking about your project - and applying it to above 60,000ft (above the jetstream)
[13:26] <jcoxon> the potential uses are amazing
[13:27] <jcoxon> ooo you've put paragraphs on your site
[13:27] <Kybernetos> lol yeah. oh wonderful modern technological advances - para's! ;P
[13:28] <Kybernetos> so how would you get data back from 60k feet?
[13:29] <jcoxon> its a problem
[13:29] <jcoxon> hehe
[13:29] <jcoxon> the reason why i say over 60,000ft is you get out of the jetstream
[13:31] <Kybernetos> yeah, and you'd get a really pretty view
[13:32] <jcoxon> the potential uses would be endless
[13:32] <jcoxon> if its position could be maintained - low level satelitte
[13:32] <jcoxon> stick up in emergency situations
[13:32] <Kybernetos> absolutely
[13:33] <Kybernetos> that was my first thought - "amateur satellite"
[13:33] <Kybernetos> when you mentioned >60k
[13:33] <Kybernetos> what's the pressure up there?
[13:34] <jcoxon> 0.01 atmos
[13:34] <jcoxon> http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/weatherwise/factfiles/popups/img_atmo_atmosphere.html
[13:35] <Kybernetos> that's... not alot of pressure. =P
[13:35] <jcoxon> nope
[13:36] <jcoxon> over the summer hopefully i'm going to get a grant to work towards something like this
[13:36] <jcoxon> with my uni
[13:36] <jcoxon> http://cambridgenovaproject.org
[13:36] <jcoxon> just started
[13:37] <Kybernetos> cool...
[13:37] <Kybernetos> you get to play around with balloons _and_ get educational points for it. not bad! =)
[13:38] <jcoxon> oh its actually nothing to do with my course
[13:38] <jcoxon> lol
[13:38] <jcoxon> i'm a medic
[13:39] <jcoxon> just been invited by the engineering department as the only one they know with some experience
[13:39] <Kybernetos> lol
[13:39] <Kybernetos> well that's cool too
[13:39] <jcoxon> got a busy summer with ballons
[13:39] <jcoxon> balloons*
[13:40] <Kybernetos> yepp. =)
[13:40] <jcoxon> going to africa for 2 weeks to launch really big balloons :-D
[13:41] <Kybernetos> I wonder what altitude you'd have to fly for it to be considered "international" space, although you're over another country?
[13:41] <Kybernetos> africa? =D
[13:41] <Kybernetos> but why... africa?
[13:46] <jcoxon> well another department from uni are there
[13:46] <jcoxon> atmospheric chemistry, balloons are their job
[13:46] <jcoxon> they are studying the monsoon
[13:48] <jcoxon> guess there is lots of space for it to land without hitting anyone
[13:48] <jcoxon> the payloads are enormous
[13:50] <Kybernetos> sounds like cool stuff!
[13:50] <jcoxon> should be fun
[13:50] <jcoxon> 2 weeks in Niger
[13:52] <Kybernetos> yeah, i must admit i'm a bit jelous
[13:52] <Kybernetos> ;)
[13:53] <jcoxon> right i'm going to have to go
[13:53] <jcoxon> great chatting to you Kybernetos
[13:53] <Kybernetos> oki
[13:53] <Kybernetos> you too
[13:53] <Kybernetos> have fun
[13:53] <jcoxon> hope the air authority people get back to you soon
[13:53] <Kybernetos> yup yup
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[21:36] <phatmonkey> no slugs in our local staples :(
[21:37] <phatmonkey> who's in and around cambridge? we could buy all their slugs?
[21:37] <phatmonkey> jcoxon!
[22:04] <jcoxon> sadly i'm not in cambridge right now
[22:04] <jcoxon> won't be till after easter
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[22:10] <phatmonkey_> DIE DIE DIE
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[22:12] <phatmonkey_> eek
[22:12] <phatmonkey_> maybe....
[22:12] <phatmonkey_> that's me in a parallel universe
[22:12] <phatmonkey_> where my router didn't power down
[22:13] <jcoxon> hehe
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