highaltitude.log.20060610

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[14:49] <ehj20> Hi, anyone know if jcoxon is launching today?
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[15:25] <ehj20> jcoxon: Hi, how's it going?
[15:25] <jcoxon> hey ehj20
[15:26] <jcoxon> its going okay
[15:28] <ehj20> I think the serial port is knackered on my server, I can't get kermit to talk to the gumstix at the moment.
[15:32] <jcoxon> oh
[15:34] <ehj20> Done all the usual things to get it working, without success. Also my laptop has just died so I can't really do much about the balloon at the moment!
[15:35] <ehj20> Anyway, good luck with your launch.
[15:42] <jcoxon> thanks
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[16:59] <jcoxon> PegIII back online :-D
[16:59] <jcoxon> that took a while!
[16:59] <macfreak4> whoa
[16:59] <macfreak4> you've launched?
[16:59] <ehj20> Excellent!
[16:59] <ehj20> So it's landed?
[17:00] <ehj20> Or online via the radio modrm?
[17:00] <jcoxon> oh no
[17:00] <jcoxon> i haven't launched
[17:00] <macfreak4> oh
[17:00] <jcoxon> my gumstix corrupted
[17:00] <jcoxon> hehe
[17:00] <jcoxon> just fixed it
[17:00] <jcoxon> hehe
[17:00] <macfreak4> darn
[17:00] <macfreak4> i was getting excited
[17:00] <macfreak4> lol
[17:01] <jcoxon> soon
[17:01] <ehj20> hehe. I wasn't sure if you said June 10th a few days ago!
[17:01] <jcoxon> the window opens on friday
[17:01] <macfreak4> oh cool
[17:01] <macfreak4> but i'll be gone
[17:01] <macfreak4> so i'll have to wait to find out
[17:01] <jcoxon> but it seems that the cambridge lot won't be ready
[17:01] <macfreak4> oh
[17:01] <jcoxon> so it might be in the next week
[17:01] <macfreak4> well i *just* took the ham exam and passed, so i should get my callsign sometime next week
[17:02] <jcoxon> well done!
[17:02] <macfreak4> thx :D
[17:02] <macfreak4> it wasnt too hard...
[17:02] <macfreak4> school's harder :P
[17:02] <macfreak4> lol
[17:03] <ehj20> Do you need morse to pass the ham exam these days?
[17:03] <icez> .. - ... ---
[17:03] <icez> :]
[17:04] <macfreak4> not for the lower ranking lice
[17:04] <macfreak4> license*&
[17:04] <macfreak4> license*
[17:04] <macfreak4> heh
[17:04] <macfreak4> bad typing
[17:04] <macfreak4> but in the ham community you're not "cool" until you can do morse code
[17:05] <macfreak4> the ppl who gave me the exam were humphing about how no one has to know morse code anymore and how it's so cool
[17:05] <ehj20> You've got to be down with the kids, eh? ;-)
[17:05] <macfreak4> ?
[17:07] <ehj20> A British turn of phrase i guess. It was just tongue-in-cheek :-)
[17:07] <macfreak4> oh
[17:08] <macfreak4> but i'm already designing a 2nd balloon launch
[17:08] <macfreak4> which i said i wouldn't
[17:08] <jcoxon> hehe
[17:09] <macfreak4> this time to do some astrophysics experiments at high altitude, so the payload will be reusable
[17:09] <macfreak4> a friend and I are going to enter it in a science competition
[17:10] <macfreak4> so that's going to start happening as soon as this one launches...
[17:10] <icez> i'm bored, i need a cool project
[17:11] <jcoxon> :-)
[17:11] Action: jcoxon has binned gpsd
[17:11] <icez> something that doesn't create fire hasards *sigh*
[17:11] <jcoxon> defy, your gps parser is perfect
[17:12] <macfreak4> lol
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[17:15] <icez> cya
[18:01] <Tiger^> hm
[18:01] <Tiger^> hi guys
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[18:09] <phatmonkey> hai guys
[18:09] <phatmonkey> http://www.arduino.cc/
[18:09] <phatmonkey> just ordered one of them
[18:09] <phatmonkey> purrrrfect for what we need to do
[18:10] <phatmonkey> it'll be able to drive servos, read analogue inputs and switch relays or whatever
[18:10] <phatmonkey> ... and it has 8kb of flash on board, which might well be enough to log thermopile data, jcoxon :)
[18:12] <Tiger^> basically, it's an Atmega ;)
[18:13] <phatmonkey> yep, but, um, er, um, special :P
[18:13] <Tiger^> um, what's so, erm, special in it? :P
[18:13] <phatmonkey> loads of code written by other people that I can just copy & paste?!
[18:13] <phatmonkey> (i'm lazy)
[18:14] <Tiger^> oh
[18:14] <phatmonkey> well, in all honesty, it's a nice all-in-one board that I can buy premade
[18:14] <Tiger^> ;)
[18:14] <phatmonkey> i don't really have the time to develop anything of my own
[18:14] <phatmonkey> time is quite the limiting factor
[18:14] <Tiger^> yeah
[18:15] <phatmonkey> got from 26th june when exams end to september to get something fully working
[18:15] <phatmonkey> developing a reliable autopilot is going to be the biggy
[18:15] <phatmonkey> i'm going to buy another plane purely to develop it on
[18:16] <phatmonkey> jcoxon, the CAA guy is looking into the legalities for me
[18:16] <phatmonkey> I *carefully* worded it so him saying no would just sound silly
[18:16] <Tiger^> oh and BTW:
[18:16] <Tiger^> A4025/06 - ASCENT OF FREE LIGHT BALLOON WILL TAKE PLACE FM PSN: 524841,62N 0194424,56E. WEIGHT OF BALLON: 1500G. GND 34000M AMSL 20 JUN 09:00 UNTIL 20 JUN 15:00
[18:16] <Tiger^> so it's official :P
[18:17] <phatmonkey> I am very worried about just dropping a payload anywhere on a parachute.
[18:17] <phatmonkey> Would it be legal to have the payload in the shape of a simple flying
[18:17] <phatmonkey> wing (or I may try a parafoil instead of a simple parachute), and have it guide itself to a safe pre-determined landing spot
[18:17] <phatmonkey> (ie, the middle of a huge field)?
[18:17] <phatmonkey> sweet!
[18:18] <phatmonkey> I wouldn't use a parafoil because it's going to get tangled, but I added that to show how similar it would be to just a payload on a parachute
[18:18] <phatmonkey> ooh, so many launches coming up
[18:18] <phatmonkey> how exciting
[18:18] <Tiger^> ;)
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[20:24] <macfreak4> wow this is weird
[20:25] <macfreak4> i'm getting commercial broadcasting in the middle of the ham 70cm band
[20:28] <macfreak4> quite illegal...
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[20:48] <icez> jeez
[20:48] <icez> spam is everywhere:)
[20:48] <icez> in your emails, in the grocery store, in the broadcasts! AAAH!
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