highaltitude.log.20080824

[00:00] Action: Laurenceb now has 8 x chicken tikka sandwiches
[00:00] <jcoxon> hey Laurenceb
[00:00] <fnoble> Laurenceb, are you coming tomorrow?
[00:00] <Laurenceb> yeah
[00:00] <fnoble> oh cool
[00:00] <Laurenceb> I'll aim for < 10am
[00:00] <fnoble> would be good to put a face to the name :)
[00:00] <Laurenceb> depends if I can drag myself out of bed earlier
[00:00] <Laurenceb> :D
[00:01] <jcoxon> haha
[00:01] <Laurenceb> there are some very bed pictures on facebook
[00:01] <Laurenceb> *bad
[00:01] <jcoxon> Laurenceb, its been a while since you've been to a launch
[00:01] <Laurenceb> I'm being strangled by a very large german
[00:02] <Laurenceb> yeah, been tied up with finals/renovation work
[00:02] <Laurenceb> jcoxon: aren't you worried about the rain for setting up?
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[00:03] <Laurenceb> http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/ukweather/#no_url <-- doesn't appear to clear until 10am
[00:03] <jcoxon> yup
[00:03] <jcoxon> we're meeting in churchill bar to get ready
[00:03] <Laurenceb> it'll be ok?
[00:03] <Laurenceb> ah cool
[00:03] <jcoxon> it'll be fine
[00:04] <Laurenceb> you can drown in beer instead
[00:04] <jcoxon> we only need to go outside to fill the balloon
[00:04] <jcoxon> haha
[00:04] <jcoxon> bring wellies
[00:04] <Laurenceb> not sure I have any :-/
[00:04] <Laurenceb> I'm sure Churchill is well manicured
[00:05] <jcoxon> hmmm...
[00:05] <jcoxon> nah itll be fine
[00:05] <fnoble> gordonjcp, what are the correct arguments to multimode for jcoxons payload?
[00:06] <fnoble> jcoxon, is the payload case splashproof
[00:06] <Laurenceb> I hate to change the subject away from more pressing matters :P ... but do servos use standard "horn connectors" (are they called splines?)
[00:07] <fnoble> s/multimode/multimon
[00:07] <jcoxon> fnoble, tis a beautiful arrangement of polystyrene and duct tape
[00:07] <fnoble> Laurenceb, yes i think the fitting is standardised
[00:07] <doug_ellison> Servo horn's - yeah - I think they're standard
[00:07] <fnoble> Laurenceb, at least most are clones of the futaba style
[00:08] <fnoble> there may be other more obscure ones
[00:08] <Laurenceb> I see
[00:08] <Laurenceb> I'm thinking of fitting a winch drum on a high quality digital servo
[00:08] <doug_ellison> See you tomorrow - I'm off!
[00:08] <Laurenceb> bye
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[00:09] <jcoxon> right, i better be off as well
[00:09] <jcoxon> got to collect my sister from a party
[00:09] <jcoxon> hard being an older brother
[00:09] <jcoxon> night all
[00:09] <jcoxon> cya tomorrow
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[00:11] <Laurenceb> probably one of these: http://robosavvy.com/store/product_info.php/cPath/26/products_id/43
[00:19] <Laurenceb> http://imagebin.org/24822
[00:19] <Laurenceb> ^ thats the idea I'm thinking of
[00:20] <Laurenceb> the servo can be fully enclose so its better protected than on the previous rogallo
[00:20] <Laurenceb> *enclosed
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[00:33] <Laurenceb> the only problem is the risk of the line coming off the drum - that would completely screw up the c of g shift
[00:35] <Laurenceb> some guides might sort that - anyway I'm off to bed, cya all tomorrow
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[01:04] <ShellEvil> lau: you don't need a cable drum servo. A conventional servo is quite adequate - with a couple of holes through the casing, and guides.
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[06:57] <jcoxon> morning all
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[08:12] <natrium42> hi
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[09:31] <gordonjcp> fnoble: with the sample he sent me, I just ran it as default
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[09:40] <robert1971> jcoxon: I guess you guys are all assembled for your launch. I'm not going to be able to make today as the wife is not feeling to great and I thought better of leaving her with three kids to look after. GOOD LUCK with the launch. I hope the wind isn't too strong!!!
[09:41] <robert1971> Is it posible to watch the tacking online?
[09:41] <natrium42> yes --> http://spacenear.us/tracker/
[09:41] <natrium42> you can join #highaltitude99 instead the embedded chat client
[09:44] <robert1971> natrium: Is that your tracker?
[09:44] <natrium42> yeah
[09:44] <robert1971> Nice one ... Puts mine to shame big time...
[09:44] <natrium42> you can use it for your launch if you want
[09:45] <natrium42> and thx
[09:45] <robert1971> We'll have a chat ablut that when the time gets a bit closer. I'm hoping to do a teathered launch to 500 meters in the next couple of weeks. Weather depending ...
[09:46] <robert1971> #ablut about
[09:46] <natrium42> k, sounds good
[09:46] <robert1971> Is the chat client working?
[09:46] <natrium42> yes
[09:46] <natrium42> it just connects to irc
[09:47] <robert1971> Humm...
[09:47] <robert1971> I'll refresh see if it works
[09:49] <robert1971> Thats better. Is that the same channel as here. I can see everyone on there but the converstation is not comming through to here. Is that because it is on a different server
[09:49] <natrium42> it's #highaltitude99
[09:50] <robert1971> Yep obviouse now you said that. I'm surprised that it wasn't #highaltitude42
[09:50] <natrium42> hehe
[09:50] <robert1971> Is that the answer to life, the universe and everything?
[09:50] <natrium42> 99 has been used for random stuff before i came
[09:50] <natrium42> :P
[09:51] <Shanuson> robert you could just do a /join #highaltitude99
[09:51] <robert1971> Yep I have figured that, but natrium42's tracker is cool.
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[09:52] <natrium42> robert1971, old version is available on the wiki --> http://wiki.ukhas.org.uk/projects:tracker
[09:52] <natrium42> new one will be after some more testing
[09:53] <natrium42> so you can use it on your own server if you don't want to use spacenear.us
[09:53] <robert1971> I like the idea of enbedding the chat client in the page. Do you provide the forcast trajectory?
[09:53] <natrium42> nope, that's on the TODO list :P
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[09:54] <natrium42> hi ed
[09:54] <edmoore> good morning from Churchill College
[09:54] <edmoore> table full of laptops, radios, and pink foam
[09:54] <Shanuson> good morging ed
[09:54] <edmoore> and it's raining
[09:54] <edmoore> properly raining
[09:54] <robert1971> I thought of doing that on mine with a side bar showing current readings from craft. Atmos Pressure, Height (Calculated), Temp sensors position etc...
[09:55] <Shanuson> on your table?
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[09:55] <natrium42> edmoore, so time to do some final touches to the payload ;)
[09:55] <edmoore> exactly
[09:56] <natrium42> video plz
[09:56] Action: natrium42 *nag* *nag*
[09:56] <robert1971> Is that pink foam open or closed cell. I'm still worrying about the effect of altitude on the structure.
[09:56] <edmoore> 4 blokes sat round a table
[09:57] <robert1971> natrium42: Do you just upload the video to the website?
[09:57] <natrium42> robert1971, it's live
[09:57] <robert1971> I can see having a media person at the launch is going to be necessary to feed the masses watching
[09:57] <robert1971> Streaming !!!
[09:58] <natrium42> yeah, but they should turn on the broadcaster :P
[09:58] <robert1971> Web cam on laptop with software to stream to spacenear.us
[09:58] <robert1971> ?
[09:59] <natrium42> it uses ustream for video broadcasting
[09:59] <natrium42> i just embedded it into the site
[10:00] <robert1971> I can see that the tracking is going to need a bit of testing before the big day. Will have a go and get one of mates to practice streaming the media before launch
[10:00] <robert1971> 30 mins countdown
[10:01] <edmoore> ha
[10:17] <gordonjcp> morning
[10:29] <edmoore> gordonjcp: it's all happening in #highaltitude99
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[12:23] <edmoore> ok, we're firing up to launch
[12:23] <edmoore> everything is working now
[12:23] <edmoore> packing it all up
[12:24] <gordonjcp> ok
[12:26] <edmoore> weather is clearing up too
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[15:06] <SpeedEvil> :)
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[15:16] <Fnoble> hi
[15:16] <Fnoble> Main radio lost
[15:16] <Fnoble> Beacon ok
[15:17] <Fnoble> So we are trying to triangulate
[15:18] <ShellEvil> So it's back to foxhunting?
[15:18] <Fnoble> Yup
[15:19] <Fnoble> Ok. G2g will keep posted
[15:19] <ShellEvil> Does it log everything it transmitted?
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[15:36] <gordonjcp> ok, so only beacon?
[15:36] <ShellEvil> Yup.
[15:36] <ShellEvil> Foxhunting is fun!
[15:37] <gordonjcp> is it just cw or is it modulated?
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[15:50] <jcoxon> hi everyone
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[15:51] <jcoxon> gordonjcp, can you hear anything?
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[16:01] <ShellEvil> No suitable radio unfortunately.
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[16:23] <gordonjcp> jcoxon: nope
[16:23] <gordonjcp> well, I don't think so
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[22:03] <G8KHW> hey gordoncp - did you get to hear the flight today?
[22:05] <akawaka> any news?
[22:05] <G8KHW> yeah we found it?
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[22:13] <gordonjcp> G8KHW: nope, the packet tx died shortly after launch and there was a lot of QRN on the beacon frequency
[22:13] <G8KHW> oh - shame
[22:13] <gordonjcp> the difficulty with licence-exempt frequencies is that they tend to be pretty full
[22:13] <gordonjcp> also I don't think it made its full height
[22:14] <G8KHW> if it hadn't been for the beacon we would never have found it
[22:14] <gordonjcp> I reckon it would need to be at least 20km before I'd even start to see it over the horizon
[22:14] <G8KHW> I don't know the ballon burst rather than cutdoen and the pictures looked quite heigh
[22:15] <gordonjcp> well I'll tell you what
[22:15] <gordonjcp> I can go and point the antenna off in the direction I was looking and see if the noise is still there
[22:16] <G8KHW> landed about here http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=617715&y=287585&z=3&sv=617715,287585&st=4&ar=Y&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf&dn=670
[22:17] <akawaka> pictures?
[22:17] <akawaka> sstv worked?
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[22:17] <G8KHW> no the sstv didn't work - but there are a set of pictures coming
[22:18] <G8KHW> taken on dougs camera
[22:19] <G8KHW> the payload was found by radio df'ing alone
[22:19] <G8KHW> took some time
[22:22] <G8KHW> gordoncp - where are you located approx?
[22:25] <gordonjcp> G8KHW: Glasgow
[22:25] <gordonjcp> approximately 450km north
[22:26] <G8KHW> yeah thats stretching it
[22:30] <G8KHW> line of sight for 16,000m is about 450km
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[22:54] <G8KHW> night
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[23:23] <robert1971> Have they all gone to the pub?
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[23:57] <fnoble> hello all
[23:57] <andyhhp> hi
[23:58] <fnoble> have you all heard what happened then?
[23:59] <fnoble> has doug got any pictures up yet?
[23:59] <ShellEvil> 2
[23:59] <ShellEvil> http://www.unmannedspaceflight.com/index.php?s=c53d9f3023857423c0ff8b4d8294005c&showtopic=5369&st=30
[23:59] <ShellEvil> it landed in an lion enclosure, and you had to fight them off using chairs.
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