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[00:21] <jcoxon> night all
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[07:02] <Laurenceb> hello edmoore
[07:02] <Laurenceb> good morning :P
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[09:14] <Laurenceb> weather is miserable :-/
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[10:24] <Laurenceb> yeeeeesssss
[10:24] <Laurenceb> got the studentship at SSTL :P
[10:24] <Laurenceb> jcoxon: you there?
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[11:16] <Cooleo> Anyone used OSX86 before?:)
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[12:25] <jcoxon> hey Laurenceb, well done!
[12:26] <Laurenceb> thanx
[12:27] <Laurenceb> I'm rather pleased with that result :P
[12:28] <Laurenceb> especially considering I didnt think it went too well
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[12:50] <jcoxon> 3 more years of academica
[12:50] <jcoxon> academia*
[13:44] <jcoxon> http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcoxon77/sets/72157604705012806/
[13:47] <jcoxon> bl
[13:47] <jcoxon> bbl*
[14:19] <Cooleo> Heh, Jcoxon, Nice.
[14:23] <Laurenceb> jcoxon: interesting
[14:23] <Laurenceb> watch those wires :P
[14:24] <Laurenceb> I'd hot glue them a bit and check it to make sure nothing can short
[14:28] <jcoxon> Laurenceb, good idea
[14:30] <jcoxon> now to test the cutdown and i think we are sorted
[14:30] <Laurenceb> what sort of cutdown?
[14:30] <jcoxon> rocketboy pyro
[14:30] <Laurenceb> ouch
[14:30] <jcoxon> sorry test the circuit
[14:31] <Laurenceb> I dont like pyrotechnics
[14:31] <jcoxon> nor do i
[14:31] <Laurenceb> you should try the resistor cutter, its always worked for me
[14:32] <jcoxon> the circuit was already built and rocketboy sets it up for me anyway
[14:32] <jcoxon> so pyros are fine for now
[14:33] <Laurenceb> http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3852358062544335883
[14:37] <jcoxon> haha, i've seen that before i think
[14:39] <jcoxon> right cutdown circuit works
[14:39] <jcoxon> now to build a case
[14:46] <Cooleo> Sorry for sounding like a newbie, But whats the board with all the holes in called?:)
[14:47] <Cooleo> (In Jcoxon Picture 3)
[14:48] <jcoxon> the picture from above?
[14:48] <Cooleo> Yeah :)
[14:49] <jcoxon> perfboard?
[14:49] <Cooleo> Thats it. Thanks :) Saw it in an electronics book ages ago
[14:49] <jcoxon> or veriboard
[14:50] <Laurenceb> wonderful stuff
[14:50] <Cooleo> Whats it used for?:) I've only seen it for lighting up LEDs
[14:51] <jcoxon> you just use is for making circuits with
[14:51] <Cooleo> Cool.
[14:51] <jcoxon> underneath are copper tracks you can solder to
[14:51] <Cooleo> Nice.
[14:52] <Laurenceb> so you can fit in any 0.1 inch part
[14:52] <Cooleo> Nice!
[14:53] <Laurenceb> http://wiki.ukhas.org.uk/_media/projects:dscn0946.jpg
[14:53] <Laurenceb> ^ thats a more complex example :P
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[15:10] <mc-> congratulations LB
[15:10] <mc-> when are you moving?
[15:11] <Laurenceb> not sure, probably end of sept
[15:12] <mc-> jcoxon, when do you think we can get permission again?
[15:12] <jcoxon> hey mc-
[15:12] <jcoxon> well rocketboy has contacted the CAA
[15:12] <jcoxon> so its really a matter of them issueing it
[15:13] <Laurenceb> that reminds me, I'll speak to the atmospheric physics dept here about it
[15:13] <mc-> so it might not be too long?
[15:13] <jcoxon> well it shouldn't be
[15:13] <jcoxon> but they have been known to be quite slow (as in over a month)
[15:13] <mc-> not a problem
[15:14] <mc-> I prefer to wait
[15:14] <jcoxon> okay
[15:14] <mc-> how about another launch location?
[15:15] <jcoxon> timewise that would take longer
[15:16] <mc-> ok, just sent you a mail
[15:22] <mc-> jcoxon, 99?
[15:22] <jcoxon> already there...
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[15:39] <jcoxon> morning edmoore
[15:39] <jcoxon> haha
[15:39] <jcoxon> this day has rushed past
[15:39] <edmoore> what?
[15:39] <edmoore> yes
[15:39] <edmoore> well I've actually had quite a lot of it
[15:40] <edmoore> from some image pattern matching algorithm called SPLIFF (or something) to neaural networks crash course
[15:40] <edmoore> think I deserve a drink
[15:40] <jcoxon> indeed you do
[15:42] <Laurenceb> hi edmoore
[15:42] <edmoore> hi
[15:43] <Laurenceb> Igot the SSTL studentship :P
[15:43] <Laurenceb> god know how
[15:43] <Laurenceb> *knows
[15:43] <edmoore> awesomeness, congrats
[15:44] <edmoore> so do you know what you're working on?
[15:44] <Laurenceb> galileo reciever design
[15:44] <edmoore> what was the application process?
[15:45] <Laurenceb> basically I set in the application form off their site with a covering letter
[15:45] <Laurenceb> rang them first and spoke to a few of the guys
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[15:47] <edmoore> awesome. so how long will that be?
[15:48] <Laurenceb> three years I think, but its all very sketchy, they havent organised things properly yet
[15:49] <Laurenceb> they'd forgotten about everything when I arrived for the interview :P
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[15:55] <Laurenceb> right, home time, cya all
[15:55] <edmoore> cya
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[17:18] <jatkins> hi all
[17:21] <jatkins> bbl
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[17:58] <Hiena> Good evening!
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[18:07] <Laurenceb> muhahahha
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[18:12] <Cooleo64> Did you take off the man?:P
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[18:20] <Laurenceb> well you get what you pay for
[18:22] <Cooleo64> Whats wrong with it?
[18:26] <Laurenceb> one of the transmitter sticks is broken
[18:26] <Laurenceb> I might send the tx back
[18:26] <Cooleo64> Damn
[18:26] <Laurenceb> as I dont need it anyway :P But I still want to fly this thing
[18:26] <Cooleo64> :P Fair enough
[18:27] <Cooleo64> I just made £70 on eBay, So im a happy bunny :D. Bought an old iBook and broke it for parts and sold them on :)
[18:27] <Laurenceb> looks like it got bashed
[18:28] <Cooleo64> Cant you glue it?
[18:28] <Laurenceb> no, the mechanism inside is smashed
[18:28] <Laurenceb> might be fixable... not sure
[18:29] <Cooleo64> Oh right.
[18:29] <Cooleo64> Bummer.
[18:30] <Laurenceb> the rest of it seems ok
[18:30] <Laurenceb> it uses an rc servo for steering
[18:30] <Cooleo64> Oh Right
[18:31] <akawaka> guess the other $250 was for the working stick
[18:32] <Laurenceb> lol
[18:32] <Laurenceb> its an unbranded white plastic servo
[18:32] <Laurenceb> but turning it, the gears seem smoother and have less play than an acoms, so its not _that_ bad
[18:39] <Cooleo64> Was yours by UKnextGen? Im thinking of buying somthing from there but I dont want to if it breaks :P
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[18:53] <Laurenceb> assembled
[19:01] <Cooleo64> Was yours by UKnextgen?
[19:01] <akawaka> Cooleo64: do you sell stuff like that on ebay a lot?
[19:02] <Laurenceb> yes
[19:03] <Laurenceb> to be honest, its only fit for hacking
[19:04] <Cooleo64> Damn, I wanted to buy a WarShip from there
[19:05] <Cooleo64> 31" Warship, Maximum speed 9MPH :P
[19:08] <Laurenceb> hrmf the angle of attack is just wrong
[19:15] <Laurenceb> ok... I might have rigged it so it actually gives some lift...
[19:15] <Laurenceb> might test drop later, bbl
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[19:33] <Laurenceb> back
[19:34] <Laurenceb> ok.... I'm considering dropping this thing off a three story building to see what happens
[19:39] <Hiena> With or without chute.
[19:39] <Hiena> -.+?
[19:40] <Laurenceb> with chute, obviously
[19:41] <Laurenceb> I dont want to buy batteries for the tx when it might not even work
[19:49] <Laurenceb> I'll wait until theres less people around so I dont look like a prat