highaltitude.log.20060624

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[06:09] <icez> hop macfreak4
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[12:31] <jcoxon> hey all
[12:31] <jcoxon> i'm back now :-)
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[13:34] <jcoxon> hmmmmm
[13:35] <jcoxon> rubbish weather
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[13:37] <phatmonkey> hey
[13:37] <phatmonkey> when are you planning to launch?
[13:37] <jcoxon> thats the thing
[13:37] <jcoxon> i'm ready to go
[13:38] <jcoxon> so really need to decide a date
[13:38] <jcoxon> i reckon i'm going to say next saturday (1st)
[13:38] <jcoxon> and then check the weather
[13:40] <phatmonkey> ah right
[13:41] <jcoxon> so we'll see
[13:41] <phatmonkey> i've been starting to get things together, but the robostix is still out of stock
[13:41] <phatmonkey> bit of a pain
[13:41] <jcoxon> i only have to give 24hrs notice so i'll make a decision probably on thurs
[13:41] <jcoxon> oh
[13:41] <jcoxon> they are populae
[13:41] <jcoxon> popular
[13:41] <phatmonkey> the one without pins are in stock
[13:41] <phatmonkey> but i would prefer to have pins there for development, then unsolder them for the final thing
[13:42] <jcoxon> probably best
[13:42] <jcoxon> the holes are rather permenent once soldered to
[13:42] <phatmonkey> it's going to be a pain soldering everything to the board just to test
[13:42] <phatmonkey> mm
[13:43] <phatmonkey> i'm trying to work out a neat way to mount the thermopiles
[13:43] <phatmonkey> they arrived this morning
[13:43] <jcoxon> cool
[13:43] <jcoxon> dont' forget you've got one more exam :-D !!!!
[13:43] <phatmonkey> i might epoxy some carbon rods onto the side, which can then stick into the foam
[13:44] <phatmonkey> yeah, but that's on monday, i can revise tomorrow ;)
[13:44] <phatmonkey> ... or make some sort of enclosure to protect the pins
[13:44] <phatmonkey> but then i'll have to cut out a huge wedge of foam
[13:45] <phatmonkey> mounting these things without a pcb is a right pain
[13:45] <jcoxon> hmm
[13:46] <phatmonkey> i could mount it on a small chunk of bread board
[13:46] <phatmonkey> veroboard rather
[13:46] <phatmonkey> then that could wedge into the foam
[13:46] <phatmonkey> that would work...
[13:47] <phatmonkey> i didn't realise the thermopiles had thermistors in them to work out ambient temperature
[13:47] <phatmonkey> might be able to hook up that to read external temperatures
[13:48] <jcoxon> phatmonkey, go through your plan for me - i've forgotten
[13:49] <phatmonkey> horizon detection with thermopiles on a zagi 60 foam flying wing
[13:49] <jcoxon> cool
[13:49] <jcoxon> are you still wanting to launch a payload with me?
[13:49] <phatmonkey> i'm not sure...
[13:49] <phatmonkey> you mean the thermopile testing?
[13:50] <jcoxon> yeah
[13:50] <phatmonkey> i'm pretty sure they'll work
[13:50] <phatmonkey> the values will just be completely different
[13:50] <jcoxon> cool
[13:50] <jcoxon> no worries - just checking
[13:50] <jcoxon> that i don't have to make allowances for your payload
[13:50] <phatmonkey> i've just written an algorithm which will "calibrate" the thermopiles at regular intervals in the flight
[13:51] <jcoxon> :-)
[13:51] <phatmonkey> i don't think i will any time soon anyways
[13:51] <phatmonkey> even at 100,000 ft, there's still bound to be significantly more radiation from the ground than from the sky
[13:53] <jcoxon> Peg III has a payload bay now
[13:54] <phatmonkey> ah nice
[13:54] <phatmonkey> what communication do you have on it?
[13:54] <jcoxon> its where the radio modem is
[13:54] <jcoxon> i've got a nokia 5110
[13:54] <jcoxon> and a radio modem which will won't be on probably
[13:54] <jcoxon> i might wire it up to turn on on landing
[13:56] <jcoxon> ;-p
[13:56] <phatmonkey> yeah, that would be a good idea
[14:00] <jcoxon> phatmonkey, from next week i'm free to help work on the website etc
[14:00] <phatmonkey> ah, ok
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[14:09] <jcoxon> hey rocketboy
[14:12] <jcoxon> wow 10 people
[14:12] <jcoxon> well 9 + zeusbot
[14:13] <phatmonkey> i need to get kooky on here...
[14:13] <phatmonkey> he's my bot who spouts nonsense
[14:13] <phatmonkey> anyway, bbiab
[14:13] <jcoxon> hmmm
[14:14] <jcoxon> not sure we want kooky :-p
[14:14] <jcoxon> zeusbot is nice and quiet
[14:33] <icez> lol
[14:33] <icez> does he have any purpose here?:/
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[14:48] <jcoxon> oh zeusbot just logs
[15:25] <icez> oh
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[17:08] <rocketboy> hey
[17:09] <icez> hop
[17:20] <rocketboy> holly hop drive
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