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[10:19] <jcoxon> phatmonkey, i'm not going to be able to have a payload ready before the 16th Sept
[10:20] <jcoxon> its not worth the risk rushing
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[18:06] Action: jcoxon has some desoldering braid
[18:25] <jcoxon> jcoxon's desoldering braid isn't working :-(
[18:30] <phatmonkey> oh dear
[18:31] <phatmonkey> put the braid over the solder you want to get off
[18:31] <jcoxon> yeah i know
[18:31] <phatmonkey> then push the soldering iron on the other side of the braid to heat up both the braid and the solder
[18:31] <jcoxon> but i'm trying to get solder out of stupid little holes
[18:31] <phatmonkey> ah yes
[18:31] <phatmonkey> i'm using a really small soldering iron for the robostix holes
[18:31] <phatmonkey> jam it in one side, and push the wire through the molten solder on the other side
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[18:37] <phatmonkey> hmm
[18:37] <phatmonkey> maybe i should release all the source for the glider
[18:37] <phatmonkey> well, when we've got something working
[18:38] <phatmonkey> the makefiles for the car stuff are operational now... you can give a shot at compiling it if you wanted
[18:38] <phatmonkey> how's the car going anyway?
[18:38] <jcoxon> hmm car is okay
[18:39] <jcoxon> haven't done anything since i went away
[18:39] <jcoxon> and i've now started on Peg IV
[18:40] <phatmonkey> ok
[18:40] <phatmonkey> i prefer flying stuff :D
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[23:40] <Professor> g'day all
[23:41] <Professor> I'm gearing up for a launch this month
[23:41] <Professor> 100k feet or bust
[23:41] <Professor> or bust early anyway ;)
[23:42] <kc0wys> hehe ok
[23:43] <kc0wys> do you have a website about your project?
[23:43] <Professor> www.nerdhouse.org/projects
[23:44] <Professor> lemme fire up the tracking system
[23:44] <phatmonkey> hi Professor
[23:44] <phatmonkey> nice stuff!
[23:46] <Professor> heya
[23:46] <Professor> okay, tracker is on, updates should be sent out every 90 seconds while sitting still
[23:46] <kc0wys> alright
[23:46] <Professor> (and my server only updates the page once a minute so it could be a couple minutess)
[23:47] <Professor> there it is
[23:47] <Professor> http://www.nerdhouse.org/projects/balloon/location.php
[23:48] <kc0wys> yup i'm there
[23:48] <kc0wys> oh hehe theres even little graphical icons
[23:48] <phatmonkey> ah, loads of free space
[23:48] <Professor> it doesn't do much when my van is parked at work :) but it does connect the dots as they get sent out
[23:48] <phatmonkey> that must be heaven
[23:48] <Professor> well
[23:48] <kc0wys> hmm los alamos, do you work at the lab?
[23:48] <Professor> NM is like all indian reservation land
[23:48] <Professor> I used to
[23:49] <kc0wys> ah ok
[23:49] <Professor> I work for a private engineering company now
[23:49] <Professor> the lab is down and to the left of my house
[23:49] <kc0wys> yeah my uncle was the head of nasa's genesis mission, now he's working on the new mars rover
[23:49] <Professor> ah, neat. my roomate's gf does that stuff
[23:49] <Professor> planetary geology major or something. getting her Ph.D. now
[23:49] <kc0wys> as ok
[23:49] <kc0wys> ah*
[23:50] <Professor> we have tons of banner sized pix of the mars rover stuff, like large panoramas of the landing site
[23:50] <kc0wys> nice :) i haven't read anything in a while, is it still running?
[23:50] <Professor> I just build little things and write software
[23:50] <Professor> actually, I don't know. I'm sure I'll see her this weekend. she's down at UNM in Albuquerque (hour away)
[23:50] <Professor> she lives here on the weekends
[23:50] <kc0wys> oh ok
[23:51] <Professor> so any thoughts on cut down devices?
[23:51] <Professor> I saw one a guy made out of a small hard plastic tube with an ignitor sealed inside and epoxy on the ends
[23:52] <Professor> aparently igniting it was sufficient to burst/break the tube
[23:52] <kc0wys> yeah that's a good design
[23:52] <Professor> I'm going to test this stuff before launch. I'm thinking teathering about 100 feet off the ground (200? whatever)
[23:52] <Professor> if it pops the payload should come down on the 'chute
[23:53] <Professor> I was also considering using an RC servo to just pull a pin
[23:53] <kc0wys> yeah but that's overkill
[23:53] <kc0wys> in my opinion
[23:53] <Professor> probably
[23:54] <Professor> I guess if I pack some black powder in with the ignitor that it'll go off 99.99% of the time
[23:55] <Professor> oh, any suggestions on a camera? that's something I haven't worked out yet at all
[23:55] <kc0wys> like what brand/type?
[23:55] <Professor> I plan on mounting a mirror in front of it and having it shoot out sideways. that way I'll get half the view straight out, and half straight down
[23:55] <Professor> yah
[23:55] <Professor> I can't find any of the disposables that I hear are good for this
[23:55] <kc0wys> yeah thats exactly what i did
[23:56] <kc0wys> and i also used one of those walmart cooelrs
[23:56] <Professor> ah, right on
[23:56] <kc0wys> coolers*
[23:56] <Professor> :) me too!
[23:56] <Professor> walmart 4 life
[23:56] <kc0wys> yeah but i painted over the logo -- on purpose
[23:56] <kc0wys> :P
[23:56] <Professor> hahahah
[23:57] <Professor> I will probably attach a plastic "reward" plate over it
[23:57] <Professor> my buddy can engrave it for me
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[23:57] <kc0wys> :)
[23:58] <Professor> oh some buttfucker tainted my page
[23:58] <Professor> view source
[23:58] <kc0wys> ?
[23:59] <Professor> ads for viagra and porn sites
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