highaltitude.log.20060412

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[11:15] <mark_fiirestone> heh. i've found kits to do most of what i need at maplin. maybe if i put their logo on the balloon, they will give me some free stuff.
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[16:00] <jcoxon> good old maplin
[16:06] <mark_fiirestone> it's gonna be the maplin balloon, at this rate. i just don't want to use windows as a os...
[16:07] <jcoxon> whats the actual plan?
[16:31] <mark_fiirestone> plan? you're kidding? there's a plan?
[16:32] <mark_fiirestone> the plan at the moment is to make use of Uri's single board embedded linux pc. if he ever donates it
[16:32] <mark_fiirestone> the old plan was to field strip one of my old pentium 200 toshiba laptops to just a motherboard
[16:33] <mark_fiirestone> I might have to go with the old plan... it's just heavier than I would like
[16:34] <jcoxon> hmmmm
[16:35] <jcoxon> powering it would be a big issues
[16:35] <jcoxon> that battery will be big
[16:35] <jcoxon> not like 3 AAA batteries
[16:35] <mark_fiirestone> that's the main problem. the board will be light.
[16:35] <mark_fiirestone> I just built my regulator kit
[16:35] <jcoxon> cool
[16:36] <mark_fiirestone> so we're on track here. I've decided to take your advice, and try simple first, then work on the crazy guidence system seperately
[16:36] <jcoxon> hehe
[16:36] <jcoxon> excellent
[16:36] <jcoxon> its getting close to launch season
[16:37] <jcoxon> (i've decided to only launch in the summer - less winds)
[16:39] <jcoxon> was about to say today would be a good day to launch
[16:40] <jcoxon> but just checked the jet stream
[16:40] <jcoxon> http://www.wunderground.com/global/Region/EU/2xJetStream.html
[16:40] <jcoxon> at least 110mph jetstream
[16:41] Action: jcoxon is happy, finally got my scratchbuilt IRC client working
[16:45] <mark_fiirestone> ouch.
[16:45] <mark_fiirestone> balloon ends up in germany
[16:46] <mark_fiirestone> you wrote an irc client? I did that in ruby. I didn't enjoy it
[16:47] <mark_fiirestone> what's the average jet stream mph?
[16:57] <mark_fiirestone> must dash... I shall return...
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[21:18] <robhouse> hi
[21:38] <phatmonkey> hi!
[21:39] <robhouse> hows it going?
[21:50] <robhouse> I tested a Nokia 3650 & Bluetooth gps inside a rocket at the weekend and it proved to be sucessful.
[21:51] <robhouse> It was a pity the demo ran out before the end of the flight, but I got some good data back and it looked pretty accurate on Google Earth.
[21:51] <phatmonkey> lovely!
[21:51] <phatmonkey> nice
[22:12] <robhouse> gtg
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[22:50] <macfreak4> hello?
[23:01] <jcoxon> hey all
[23:01] <jcoxon> hey macfreak4
[23:04] <phatmonkey> yawn
[23:04] <phatmonkey> I mean hi
[23:04] <phatmonkey> we need to put stuff in the wiki... :o
[23:05] <jcoxon> i know
[23:05] <jcoxon> really cool about robhouse's flight
[23:12] <phatmonkey> yeah
[23:13] <jcoxon> ooo i know who macfreak4 is - he emailed me a couple of weeks ago
[23:13] <jcoxon> american launching soon
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[23:16] <jcoxon> byeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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[23:33] <macfreak4> hey
[23:33] <macfreak4> sry late response -- dissecting a laptop ;)
[23:34] <jcoxon> oooo cool
[23:34] <jcoxon> hows it going?
[23:34] <macfreak4> good
[23:34] <macfreak4> i emailed you a while ago, but maybe it wasnt the right address...
[23:34] <macfreak4> you're the Pegasus guy right? lol
[23:35] <jcoxon> yup
[23:35] <jcoxon> didn't i reply?
[23:35] <jcoxon> i'm sure it did
[23:35] <jcoxon> (if i didn't sorry!)
[23:36] <macfreak4> oh lemme check...
[23:36] <macfreak4> nope
[23:36] <macfreak4> i didnt receive it
[23:37] <jcoxon> oops
[23:37] <jcoxon> sorry
[23:37] <jcoxon> i should really delete some emails
[23:38] <jcoxon> launched yet?
[23:38] <jcoxon> (found your email)
[23:39] <macfreak4> not quite
[23:39] <macfreak4> I'm aiming for the end of may
[23:39] <macfreak4> to pace myself, i suppose
[23:40] <macfreak4> right now I'm setting up a Dell Latitude pentium 2 with a 1GB CF card as the primary (and only) hard drive
[23:41] <macfreak4> it will be the onboard computer for the flight, so I'm stripping all unnessesary components (lcd, kbrd, battery, etc)
[23:45] <jcoxon> wow - full computer
[23:45] <jcoxon> *stripped down full computer
[23:52] <jcoxon> the audiostix II comes out next week from gumstix
[23:52] <jcoxon> so i soon can start work on peg III
[23:55] <macfreak4> how large is the audiostix, dimension-wise?
[23:57] <macfreak4> the laptop's between "lightweight" and "ultraportable" so its pretty small
[23:57] <macfreak4> and the mobo by itself is not heavy at all
[23:57] <macfreak4> my main concern is its current draw; i've been thinking about underclocking to conserve the batteries
[23:58] <jcoxon> hmmm
[23:58] <macfreak4> its 400Mhz which is quite overpowered for such a project :P
[23:58] <macfreak4> but its what I have laying around
[23:58] <macfreak4> (the hard drive died)
[23:58] <jcoxon> an audiostix (i'm assuming) is about 3cm x 10cm
[23:59] <macfreak4> o ok
[23:59] <macfreak4> looks like this mobo is about 15cm x 28cm
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