highaltitude.log.20070101

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[16:27] <jcoxon> Happy New Year Everyone :-)
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[17:08] <mc-> I started work on my next payload, which will include a receiver so I can send commands to the payload, such as steering instructions.
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[18:29] <jcoxon> hmmmm zeusbot's email account seems to have given up
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[22:59] <LaurenceB> hi all
[23:00] <LaurenceB> jcoxon: is the launch on the 7th going to be a payload train
[23:00] <jcoxon> yup
[23:00] <jcoxon> 1 balloon, 3 payloads
[23:00] <jcoxon> though mc- and mine are in the same case
[23:00] <LaurenceB> how will the cutdown work then?
[23:01] <LaurenceB> whos is the third then
[23:01] <jcoxon> rocketboys
[23:01] <jcoxon> ummm i'm not flying a cutdown
[23:01] <jcoxon> i think mc- and rocketboys cutdowns chargers might be linked to the same device
[23:01] <jcoxon> and the one that blows it first wins
[23:01] <jcoxon> i'm not to sure
[23:02] <LaurenceB> I've just been working on my master unit and I could fly it on the 7th thats all
[23:02] <LaurenceB> however it would have to be without gps and tracking
[23:02] <jcoxon> so just radio?
[23:02] <LaurenceB> ie fixed onto another payload somehow
[23:02] <LaurenceB> no radio
[23:03] <jcoxon> just the flight computer
[23:03] <LaurenceB> I was just thinking it could be added to the flight train
[23:03] <jcoxon> up to you
[23:03] <LaurenceB> it now has temp sensor and camera working
[23:03] <jcoxon> and of course the other participents
[23:03] <jcoxon> thats good
[23:04] <LaurenceB> I would have to rely on someone elses tracking
[23:04] <jcoxon> rocketboy might be a little apprehensive just as the plan is in place
[23:04] <jcoxon> and the calculations have been made
[23:04] <LaurenceB> hmmm
[23:04] <jcoxon> but there is no harm in asking
[23:04] <jcoxon> i don't mind at all
[23:04] <LaurenceB> the weight of the computer is 48grams
[23:05] <jcoxon> however that said i'm keen to launch again soon
[23:05] <jcoxon> someone has just donated me a gumstix
[23:05] <LaurenceB> but with some batteries and the camera it would be approx 200grams
[23:05] <LaurenceB> cool!
[23:05] <jcoxon> so that could fly soon
[23:05] <jcoxon> and you could fly then - save rushing
[23:06] <LaurenceB> I'll email rocketboy and see what he thinks
[23:06] <jcoxon> good plan
[23:07] <LaurenceB> I could just make a polystyrene container for it and do a little bit more on the code
[23:07] <LaurenceB> and it could be tied on
[23:07] <LaurenceB> hopefully the attatchment wouldn't break like last time
[23:08] <jcoxon> hehe
[23:08] <icez> hello people!
[23:09] <jcoxon> hey icez
[23:09] <icez> how's the weather in the UK?:]
[23:09] <LaurenceB> I've been working on the code today whilst I'm waiting for the li poly to arrive
[23:09] <LaurenceB> hi there
[23:09] <LaurenceB> rain, sleet, gales
[23:09] <icez> aww
[23:09] <icez> we're like exact opposites
[23:10] <LaurenceB> li poly should arrive wednesday
[23:10] <icez> for each days of rain in the UK, we get sunshine
[23:10] <icez> :]
[23:10] <jcoxon> you must get a lot of sunshine then
[23:10] <icez> yeah...when it rains people are outside dancing around
[23:10] <icez> :/
[23:11] <icez> but I remember in Canada it was always cloudy and rainy and snowy:(
[23:12] <LaurenceB> I've got 1-wire and I2C busses running now so I've got an i2c eeprom chip to store data. All the subroutines from MiHAB2 can be copied over
[23:12] <jcoxon> i like i2c
[23:12] <jcoxon> wack in a digital compass!
[23:13] <LaurenceB> If I'm going for a launch on 7th then it just needs code to store temperature onto the eeprom
[23:13] <LaurenceB> if you've got a compass I could attatch it
[23:14] <icez> oh MiHAB2 does have temperature data :D
[23:14] <LaurenceB> we'd only be able to do it just before the launch, if its one off active robots
[23:14] <jcoxon> :-D
[23:14] <LaurenceB> I know my subroutines are compatable
[23:14] <jcoxon> on second thoughts - its probably best not to
[23:15] <jcoxon> i've learnt not to do things at the last minute
[23:15] <jcoxon> (RIP Peg II)
[23:15] <LaurenceB> yes probably not the best idea
[23:15] <LaurenceB> MiHAB2 was similar
[23:16] <LaurenceB> we spent all afternoon trying to get the radio to work
[23:17] <LaurenceB> I've only just worked out what the problem was
[23:18] <LaurenceB> and internal register was incorrectly set and the serial data couldn't be sent
[23:20] <jcoxon> oh right
[23:20] <jcoxon> hmmmm, damn 2 stage trigger camera
[23:20] <LaurenceB> ooo emails
[23:36] <LaurenceB> theres no trains to cambridge from derby in the morning before 11 :(
[23:36] <LaurenceB> very annoying
[23:37] <jcoxon> this the 7th?
[23:37] <LaurenceB> yes
[23:37] <jcoxon> hmmm
[23:37] <LaurenceB> Looking at megabus....
[23:39] <LaurenceB> no luck, trying national express....
[23:40] <jcoxon> LaurenceB, you are welcome to come up on the Sat and stay in my set
[23:41] <LaurenceB> thanks, national express is no good either
[23:46] <jcoxon> i only get back on the sat
[23:46] <jcoxon> so arriving in the evening would be best
[23:46] <LaurenceB> I could come on saturday with a sleeping bag and my payload
[23:47] <jcoxon> yup
[23:47] <jcoxon> sounds fine
[23:47] <jcoxon> right i'm off to bed - didn't get much sleep last night
[23:47] <LaurenceB> that would give more time to check it would work
[23:47] <jcoxon> send me an email with details etc
[23:47] <LaurenceB> okay cya
[23:47] <jcoxon> got a couple of days to organise
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[23:47] <LaurenceB> see what rocketboy
[23:47] <LaurenceB> says
[23:48] <LaurenceB> oh jcoxons gone !
[23:48] <LaurenceB> doh
[23:48] <LaurenceB> cya everyone then
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