highaltitude.log.20061231

[00:00] <icez> well, that it'll stay there for at least a while?
[00:00] <LaurenceB> it needs to be circling the earth
[00:00] <jcoxon> stable orbit is about 350km
[00:01] <jcoxon> thats for long term stability
[00:01] <jcoxon> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outer_space
[00:01] <LaurenceB> I like the idea of the rotovator
[00:01] <LaurenceB> picking things off a balloon
[00:02] <icez> mmm
[00:02] <icez> i bet balloons don't go to 350km :/
[00:02] <icez> even with little rockets
[00:02] <icez> :P
[00:02] <jcoxon> balloons won't
[00:03] <icez> it'd be nice to launch some satellites :]
[00:03] <jcoxon> hehe
[00:03] <LaurenceB> rotovator is a long spinning cable, see wikipedia
[00:03] <jcoxon> it sure would
[00:04] <LaurenceB> it would swoop down to meet the balloon
[00:06] <icez> 20 km for Peg 1
[00:06] <LaurenceB> easier to make than a space elevator
[00:06] <icez> 330 km left to go
[00:06] <jcoxon> 20km is low for a balloon
[00:06] <icez> it is?!
[00:06] <jcoxon> to tell you the truth peg missions haven't got that high
[00:06] <LaurenceB> mihab2 > 26km
[00:06] <icez> well Nova 1 was 32km
[00:07] <LaurenceB> you can use a rotovator from ground level
[00:07] <LaurenceB> but a rotovator is easier from alt
[00:19] <LaurenceB> grr why are ebay seller accounts so complicated to set up
[00:22] <LaurenceB> well you should be able to buy stuff of me soon
[00:22] <icez> stuff like?:)
[00:23] <LaurenceB> old avr programmer
[00:23] <icez> oh
[00:23] <icez> i have an home-made one
[00:23] <icez> that some guy on #electronics made :P
[00:24] <LaurenceB> hacked mcs software :-)
[00:24] <LaurenceB> i should go on #electronics
[00:24] <icez> i got 6 avr's from atmega and i fried 2
[00:24] <icez> :[
[00:24] <LaurenceB> how?
[00:25] <icez> ordered "samples" :)
[00:25] <icez> or you mean how I fried them?
[00:25] <LaurenceB> they seem to be indestructable
[00:25] <icez> well
[00:25] <icez> I really don't know much in electronics
[00:26] <icez> one time I just didn't plug some wire at the right place :P
[00:27] <LaurenceB> i wired one up to rs232 and it still works
[00:31] <icez> i made a LED flash
[00:31] <icez> that's it.
[00:34] <LaurenceB> okay i'm off to bed cya
[00:35] <icez> cya
[00:35] <icez> :)
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[00:38] <jcoxon> oooo getting there
[00:38] <jcoxon> got a perl script to read emails
[00:40] <icez> :D
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[01:15] <icez> :D
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[01:16] <jcoxon> right it works :-D
[01:16] <jcoxon> a correctly phrased text messege
[01:17] <jcoxon> goes through a gateway
[01:17] <jcoxon> is sent to an email account
[01:17] <jcoxon> when you call "!position" zeusbot checks the mail
[01:17] <jcoxon> and if the email contains pegIV it prints the line
[01:18] <icez> but what do those numbers represent?
[01:19] <jcoxon> oh they were random test numbers
[01:19] <jcoxon> they'll contain the coords
[01:19] <icez> ok:)
[01:20] <jcoxon> no if their are no emails it should say:
[01:20] <icez> should add a generated link to google maps:]
[01:20] <icez> with the coords
[01:20] <jcoxon> thats a job for tomorrow
[01:20] <jcoxon> its 1.25 here - time for bed
[01:21] <icez> cya :)
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[22:58] <LaurenceB> hi everyone happy new year well in an hour or so in the uk :-)
[22:59] <icez> you too
[22:59] <icez> :)
[22:59] <LaurenceB> thought everyone would be out clubbing lol
[22:59] <icez> i'm not really into that kind of thing
[22:59] <icez> :P
[23:01] <LaurenceB> you mean this sort of thing : http://www.myspace.com/mcdevvo
[23:04] <LaurenceB> I apologise some people may find the lyrics offensive
[23:04] <icez> lol
[23:04] <icez> :P
[23:05] <LaurenceB> I've been working on the display today
[23:05] <LaurenceB> got a menu system working
[23:06] <LaurenceB> and a thing for typing out numbers with 4 buttons
[23:06] <LaurenceB> up/down to scroll from 0 to 9
[23:06] <LaurenceB> left/right to scroll through the number your typing
[23:07] <LaurenceB> and 5th button to finish
[23:07] <LaurenceB> I've made some setup screens where you can set several variables one after another
[23:08] <icez> cool
[23:08] <LaurenceB> you should be able to set up the balloon/glider with no pc
[23:10] <LaurenceB> problem is it makes 20 minutes to compile
[23:10] <LaurenceB> 1/4 meg of machine code
[23:10] <icez> :/
[23:12] <LaurenceB> bought a li poly bat and charger on ebay :-)
[23:12] <LaurenceB> should arrive wednesday , stupid new year
[23:15] <LaurenceB> got an 11.1v battery and I've wired the motors in series, should get about 4amps
[23:15] <LaurenceB> -> 150 grams thrust , total weight of plane 350 grams
[23:19] <LaurenceB> I did some rough calculations, and my plane should have a range of over 10 miles!
[23:59] <LaurenceB> happy new year! (UK)
[00:00] --- Mon Jan 1 2007