highaltitude.log.20110220

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[00:13] <rjharrison> Colloquies
[00:13] <rjharrison> Client
[00:18] <Darkside> <-- irssi
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[00:23] <Dan-K2VOL> ah gotcha rharrison
[00:23] <Dan-K2VOL> I use that too
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[00:30] <juxta> hi rjharrison
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[00:30] <rjharrison> Hey junta
[00:31] <Darkside> hey juxta
[00:31] <juxta> hey Darkside
[00:31] <rjharrison> I see you got the Callander
[00:31] <juxta> yep :)
[00:31] <rjharrison> Calendar even
[00:31] <juxta> thanks again for that
[00:31] <rjharrison> Np
[00:31] <rjharrison> Your
[00:31] <juxta> it's hanging in my workshop
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[00:31] <rjharrison> Opps
[00:32] <rjharrison> I'm on the iPad
[00:32] <juxta> I think Rob is having a bad keyboard day
[00:32] <juxta> haha
[00:32] <rjharrison> It's 12.30 here
[00:32] <rjharrison> It keeps trying to correct my spellih
[00:32] <Darkside> lol
[00:32] <juxta> actually I've used an ipad, the first thing I noticed was how it always correctly capitalizes the names of apple products
[00:32] <rjharrison> Spelling
[00:33] <rjharrison> Yep it's laudable
[00:33] <rjharrison> Yep apple
[00:33] <rjharrison> Oh iPad
[00:33] <rjharrison> Hehe that was ipad
[00:33] <juxta> hhaha, it's even complimenting itself now
[00:34] <rjharrison> iPhone
[00:34] <rjharrison> It has a mind I
[00:34] <rjharrison> O
[00:34] <Dan-K2VOL> it's handy for most of the time
[00:34] <rjharrison> Of it's own
[00:34] <rjharrison> Dan
[00:34] <juxta> I have thought an ipad might work well in a balloon chase though - all my tracking is done on a pc in the boot which i control via remote deskop from a laptop in the front on wifi
[00:35] <rjharrison> Dan-
[00:35] <rjharrison> Hum i havent fot
[00:35] <juxta> no need for keyboard input, a tablet would work well I think
[00:35] <rjharrison> Hehe
[00:35] <Dan-K2VOL> nice, juxta
[00:35] <Dan-K2VOL> I use teamviewer a lot on ipad
[00:35] <rjharrison> Ill give up now
[00:35] <Dan-K2VOL> rjharrison lol
[00:35] <rjharrison> A bottle of wine a nd an ipad in bed is not good
[00:36] <Darkside> juxta: i'd like to try the XO
[00:36] <Dan-K2VOL> hehe
[00:36] <Darkside> well, shenki would try it
[00:36] <juxta> speaking of which I ended up getting glass mount 850mhz antenna Darkside
[00:36] <Darkside> glass mount >_>
[00:36] <rjharrison> Yep at ,est the xo would behave
[00:36] <Darkside> as in, capacitacely coupled?
[00:36] <juxta> yes
[00:36] <Darkside> >_>
[00:36] <Darkside> lossssss
[00:36] <juxta> eh the loss won't be so bad
[00:37] <juxta> and the install convenience is about 1000 times more than anything else :)
[00:37] <rjharrison> Nights
[00:38] <Darkside> juxta: awww come on :P
[00:38] <rjharrison> Wil b
[00:38] <Darkside> you're an amateur operator
[00:38] <Darkside> you should have heaps of holes in your car by now
[00:38] <rjharrison> Will be on a bit more now
[00:38] <juxta> night Rob
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[00:41] <Darkside> juxta: hmm, know any places i can buy foam boxes?
[00:42] <Darkside> so i don't have to construct one myself >_>
[00:42] <juxta> yes, clark rubber on north terrace
[00:42] <Darkside> hmm
[00:42] <Darkside> small ones?
[00:42] <juxta> yeah they have a few sizes - I will be paying them a visit on monday :)
[00:42] <Darkside> ooh
[00:43] <NigeyS> hey juxta, Darkside
[00:43] <Darkside> could you find something that will fit my payload?
[00:43] <juxta> hey NigeyS
[00:43] <juxta> sure
[00:43] <Darkside> arduino + shield, + small amplifier, ++ batteries
[00:43] <juxta> give me some dimensions
[00:43] <juxta> and I'll get a box
[00:43] <NigeyS> juxta, sorry im taking ages but i will get that diagram thingy to you asap
[00:43] <Darkside> something about the size of your payload will be fine i think
[00:43] <juxta> no worries
[00:44] <juxta> okay - I'll see what they have
[00:44] <NigeyS> i find buying a payload box an odd experience, .. paying for an empty box .. doesnt seem right does it lol
[00:45] <Darkside> how much are they?
[00:45] <NigeyS> i paid £6 for my EPS box on ebay ......
[00:45] <juxta> I forget exactly
[00:45] <juxta> perhaps $10
[00:45] <Darkside> ok
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[01:10] <Lunar_Lander> hello
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[02:15] <griffonbot> @nearsys: I'll prepare for near space launches this week. First one in March, after my oral defense. #ARHAB [http://twitter.com/nearsys/status/39146056054874112]
[02:19] <fsphil> gaffatape.com will charge £15 for delivery to here. screw that!
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[02:26] <NigeyS> lol now thats what you call a delivery charge!
[02:28] <fsphil> it better come wrapped in gold, hand delivered by the queen
[02:30] <NigeyS> haha, i did look on ebay for a cheaper version but no joy, did find a smaller payload box though
[02:36] <fsphil> what weight?
[02:38] <NigeyS> didnt say, but its an eps 7 .. 285x295x295mm
[02:38] <NigeyS> so ALOT lighter than the current box
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[03:53] <griffonbot> @LVL1WhiteStar: White Star Balloon Telemetry flow diagram (draft, the word Move should actually be More): http://j.mp/f8Iogy #arhab [http://twitter.com/LVL1WhiteStar/status/39170755178532864]
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[06:40] <earthshine> morning
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[08:50] <rjharrison> I think it's time to go and meet the CAA im
[08:51] <rjharrison> Getting fed up with waiting for them to issue a notam
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[09:38] <rjharrison_> hey natrium42
[09:41] <fsphil> morning all
[09:41] <Upu> morning
[09:41] <rjharrison_> morning
[09:43] <rjharrison_> Upu i'm still impressed with the distance you got last night
[09:53] <Upu> you and me :)
[09:53] <Upu> I mean thats rated at 500meters
[09:53] <Upu> outdoors
[09:53] <Upu> so 10 miles indoors isn't too shabby
[09:54] <Upu> I'd like to claim its my amazing design but I fear its more accidental and just good positioning on where we bought our houses :)
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[09:58] <Upu> wb
[09:59] <Upu> ok need to get some food in, back later on
[10:09] <eroomde> what's new?
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[10:15] <rjharrison_> hi eroomde
[10:15] <rjharrison_> Doing a HAB talk to the Royal Meterological Soc. Regional branch on Wednesday
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[10:17] <eroomde> rjharrison_: cool, sounds fun
[10:26] <rjharrison_> eroomde http://www.robertharrison.org/svn/filedetails.php?repname=the-icarus-project&path=%2Ftalks%2F2011-23-23+rms%2Fflyer-small.pdf
[10:26] <rjharrison_> A flyer for the talk
[10:27] <rjharrison_> Trying to get back into hab now I'm rid of my headaches
[10:28] <fsphil> cool. if you're ever doing a talk this side of the irish sea, give me a shout
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[10:31] <rjharrison_> fsphil hehe I will
[10:32] <rjharrison_> Not much chance of getting across though I did go to Barcelona last year to do a talk for Farnel
[10:35] <eroomde> we finished our big project last week. much celebrations
[10:36] <eroomde> had a big blowout meal at alimentum yesterday
[10:36] <eroomde> back to work now
[10:52] <fsphil> There are some FUNcube Dongle going on sale tonight if anyone's after one
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[10:59] <nevyn> hrm...
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[11:07] <rjharrison_> eroomde what was the project?
[11:07] <rjharrison_> If you're allowed to talk about it
[11:08] <Upu> that talk open to the public Rob ?
[11:10] <rjharrison_> Upu yes if you're interested
[11:10] <Upu> might see if I can get across, depends what time I finish work etc
[11:11] <rjharrison_> cool let me know
[11:11] <Upu> will do
[11:11] <rjharrison_> ball park time
[11:11] <Upu> I'll probablty only know on Wednesday
[11:11] <Upu> probably
[11:12] <Upu> anyway afk reading my Foundation License NOW! book :/
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[11:24] <Upu> wonderful my local tutor is 1 street away
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[11:54] <fsphil> I found hamtests really handy when doing my foundation
[11:56] <nevyn> sigh.. I really need to finish my advanced.
[11:58] <fsphil> It looks pretty difficult
[11:59] <nevyn> Transmission Line Transformers are doing my head in.
[12:17] <fsphil> ack, I've to pick a callsign again
[12:21] <Randomskk> advanced isn't that much harder than intermediate
[12:21] <Randomskk> I don't recall anything about transmission line transformers, that said
[12:21] <nevyn> baluns
[12:21] <Randomskk> oh, right
[12:21] <Randomskk> meh
[12:22] <Randomskk> balanced in, unbalanced out, basically?
[12:22] <nevyn> I don't need to understand the how.
[12:22] <nevyn> but things that are magic annoy me.
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[12:23] <fsphil> I'm feeling that way about oscillators at the moment
[12:24] <nevyn> hrm... I'm comefortable with oscillators
[12:25] <Randomskk> oscillators are okay
[12:25] <Randomskk> just imagine everything as a block diagram element without thinking too hard about the electronics or electromagnetism and it's way easier
[12:25] <nevyn> yeah it is.
[12:27] <StrayVoltage> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLDgQg6bq7o <- Related.
[12:27] <nevyn> but it doesn't stop me with the being bothered by it.
[12:27] <Randomskk> then learn the electronics and EM :P
[12:32] <fsphil> that's right, my Inverted Encabulator got refracted during the phase period
[12:33] <Darkside> magnetoreluctance?
[12:33] <fsphil> yea, you don't want that in your tubes
[12:33] <nevyn> StrayVoltage: that's Gold...
[12:35] <StrayVoltage> (=
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[12:37] <fsphil> There was a measuring tape sitting on my desk for the past three weeks, getting in the way. now that i need it - it's nowhere to be seen
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[13:25] <SpeedEvil> WTF.
[13:26] <SpeedEvil> An ice-cream van.
[13:26] <SpeedEvil> Odd.
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[13:34] <Hiena> When it will be launched?
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[13:56] <nevyn> fsphil: I know that feeling
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[14:35] <mattltm> Hi all :)
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[14:59] <rjharrison> Any thing launching today?
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[15:05] <MrCraig> afternoon all
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[15:13] <MrCraig> Anyone happen to have some sample nmea data just layin around?
[15:15] <SpeedEvil> yes
[15:15] <SpeedEvil> http://www.mauve.plus.com/1208425732gps.gz
[15:18] <MrCraig> thanks :)
[15:22] <SpeedEvil> np
[15:22] <Laurenceb_> think i got the photodiode worked out - 400um core plastic fibre + max3660 gives a decent signal
[15:23] <SpeedEvil> :)
[15:23] <SpeedEvil> I forget - what's this for again - the 3d imager?
[15:23] <Laurenceb_> annoyingly i cant find 400um graded index plastic fibre
[15:23] <Laurenceb_> its for a portable spectrometer
[15:23] <SpeedEvil> ah
[15:23] <Laurenceb_> for scattering liquids
[15:24] Action: SpeedEvil just uses a watering can.
[15:24] <Laurenceb_> i need to measure phase/amplitude response over 100mhz to 1ghz
[15:24] <Laurenceb_> and the "sensor" head has to be really small
[15:24] <Laurenceb_> hence fibre to the head
[15:24] <SpeedEvil> And then deconvolve into a sort of inverse fourier transform to get you the structione of the liquid?
[15:24] <Laurenceb_> unfortunately the path lenghts are long and theres lots of attenuation
[15:25] <Laurenceb_> yes
[15:25] <SpeedEvil> Broadly similar to my ideas for a laser ranger in fact.
[15:25] <Laurenceb_> the problem is the sensor head is moving about relative to the base unit
[15:25] <SpeedEvil> Though totally different, and I'm only looking at amplitude.
[15:26] <Laurenceb_> so step index fibres introduce motion artifact into the path lenght
[15:26] <Laurenceb_> dunno how big an effect that is - specs on data rates through step index fibres were a lot higher than i expected
[15:27] <SpeedEvil> Motion artifact is to despeckle?
[15:27] <Laurenceb_> bigger effect is vibration of the sensor head, which causes speckle
[15:27] <Laurenceb_> speckle only really occurs at the sensor head
[15:27] <SpeedEvil> ah
[15:28] <Laurenceb_> i think it can be solved with lots of decoherent integration of amplitude/phase
[15:28] <Laurenceb_> not sure what that does to SNR tho ... it gets rather complex
[15:29] <Laurenceb_> optical coherence techniques are another way to do it
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[15:37] <NigelMoby> Meh afternoon peeps
[15:38] <Laurenceb_> http://www.oe-company.com/ <-might be useful for laser rangers
[15:40] <Laurenceb_> http://www.reactionengines.co.uk/news_jan11.html <- cart before horse springs to mind
[15:40] <Laurenceb_> "Mock-ups of two hatch openings have been completed and are now ready for ergonomic testing"
[15:57] <SpeedEvil> Wow!
[15:58] <SpeedEvil> It looks like they spent a whole 40 quid on the mockup.
[16:05] <Hiena> Anybody knows a lightweight and cheap actuators? Need about 60 piece for the intelligent wing-body concept.
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[16:13] <SpeedEvil> cheaper than servos?
[16:14] <SpeedEvil> http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/12x-SG90-SG-90-9g-High-Speed-Torque-Digital-Micro-Servo-/150514095704?pt=UK_ToysGames_RadioControlled_JN&hash=item230b56d658
[16:19] <Laurenceb_> the funniest thing about reaction engines is the hideously over complex helium systems is apparently due to a patent dispute with BAE systems
[16:20] <Laurenceb_> and JAXA have already made a working LH2 precooled jet engine
[16:21] <Laurenceb_> also the de icing design hasnt be patented and noone knows how it works
[16:22] <Laurenceb_> so it might not even exist...
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[16:48] <NigeyS> "If the Big Bang was the start of everything, what came before it?"
[16:48] <NigeyS> what a silly silly question :@
[16:50] <MrCraig> and the answer might be, any fairy tale you care to dream up?
[16:51] <NigeyS> well it answers itself
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[16:52] <NigeyS> before the big bang was .. nothing
[16:52] <NigeyS> big bang = beginning of time and space .. so how can anything be before that ?
[16:52] <MrCraig> yeah - I saw the lack of logic in the question.
[16:52] <NigeyS> surprise surprise its a question being asked by the vatican
[16:53] <NigeyS> they just want some scientist to say "before it was god" bleh bleh
[16:53] <MrCraig> then we should tell them "we'll answer your question when you answer this one, when are you going to give your decision on the extradition of wanted criminals from vatican city?"
[16:54] <NigeyS> haha good point, i dont mind religion, but please, dont try and combine it with science, it just doesnt work
[16:54] <MrCraig> even if the answer was "no we won't extradite them" at least we'd have an answer after 7 years of waiting, I think they've forgotten.
[16:55] <NigeyS> theyre good at selectively forgetting things, like they forget what they did to the astronomers who dared to suggest the churches answer to the orbit of the planets was WRONG! and we were not the center of the dam universe!
[16:56] <Hiena> SpeedEvil, the actuators not necessary to be servos. Due the design request lot of small control surface, they could be digital.
[16:57] <MrCraig> The church sure has a lot to answer for - to be honest, if they chose to decide that God kicked off the big bang, I have no problem with that. If they chose to tell me that evolution is part of gods method and plan, no problem there either. I don't believe these things but they can believe what they want - but before I'm willing to even engage them in the conversation I want them to take responsability for their action
[16:57] <MrCraig> piece said cos I could rant on this subject for hours :)
[16:58] <NigeyS> lol i agree, and yes. enough said, its a topic i care about alot and could easily debate this all night!
[16:59] <MrCraig> Our thoughts are with you Hitch. :o)
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[17:00] <Hiena> MrCraig, nah, it's kind of pointless. Give power to a man, and it will corrupt him. That is all... It does not matter, the man wear a suit, reverend, or whatever.
[17:01] <Laurenceb_> http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/pottergump
[17:01] <Laurenceb_> loool
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[17:01] <MrCraig> *nods, but I have to say I had far less disagreement with Pope JP than I do with Ratsucker.
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[17:03] <NigeyS> pmsl laurenceb
[17:03] <NigeyS> morning Dan-K2VOL
[17:04] <Dan-K2VOL> mornin
[17:07] <NigeyS> dan you have to play this at the spaceport before you launch ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCeCtCqLXHI :)
[17:13] <Dan-K2VOL> heh that's prettty neat
[17:14] <Dan-K2VOL> Lots of different rockets
[17:14] <NigeyS> yush :D there a shorter version but its poo! lol
[17:37] <Hiena> Well, guess my neighbor will never ask a piece from my junks. He asked me a scrapped fire extinguisher tank, which i modded as liquid rocket engine. I discarded it, due the nozzle was overcut and the flow was unstable. I used it as container for the part washer liquid (highly flamable), and he asked it for a sprayer tank. I handed it to him about two months ago, and as i remember, i warned him about the fumes. Now he tried to weld it.
[17:42] <NigeyS> eeek good luck welding that lol
[17:46] <Hiena> The wire fence caught it, and except the smoked shop, no harm was done.
[17:46] <NigeyS> lol oh dear
[17:50] <Hiena> Knowing my workshop mishaps i give him 4/10 doing this.
[17:54] <NigeyS> luckily i've not had any "mishaps" as of yet
[17:59] <Hiena> There will be, there will be... Building things on tight budget attract the mishaps.
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[21:34] <Lunar_Lander> hello
[21:34] <Dan-K2VOL> Hola
[21:35] <MrCraig> if I'm transmitting the protocol documented on the wiki, and something goes wrong in the process, say a field comes back empty from the gps and so I fail to process it - is it safe to simply send the CRLF and start again on the next string?
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[21:35] <MrCraig> hello Lunar_Lander
[21:36] <SpeedEvil> send a figure like X
[21:37] <fsphil> anything between strings will be ignored
[21:37] <SpeedEvil> or something that doesn't occur in the data
[21:38] <MrCraig> ok - so an 'X' is a good - oh darn I need to start over character? (I'd build and validate the string before sending but working in assembler so trying to minimize the graft.
[21:40] <Lunar_Lander> ok
[21:40] <Lunar_Lander> now
[21:41] <Lunar_Lander> I should probably download this to get ahead with my balloon right? http://www.ukhas.org.uk/projects:dl-fldigi
[21:50] <Lunar_Lander> and what is a good and cheap receiver?
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[21:59] <mattltm> http://www.redbullstratos.com/
[21:59] <mattltm> Wow!
[21:59] <Lunar_Lander> it is one of these stall phases
[21:59] <Lunar_Lander> nothing really there to drive the project
[22:00] <Lunar_Lander> unless I get real help with using the NTX2
[22:00] <Dan-K2VOL> Lunar_Lander
[22:01] <Lunar_Lander> yes
[22:06] <Lunar_Lander> Dan?
[22:06] <Dan-K2VOL> Yes
[22:06] <Dan-K2VOL> Oh,
[22:06] <Dan-K2VOL> hate to hear you stuck
[22:07] <Dan-K2VOL> what are you stuck on
[22:07] <Dan-K2VOL> you can use any scanner radio to receive that frequency
[22:07] <Dan-K2VOL> Buy one on ebay cheap
[22:08] <Lunar_Lander> ok
[22:08] <Lunar_Lander> I am no ham, but I have started to look on what you need to become one
[22:08] <Dan-K2VOL> Hook that to a computer running DL-FLdigi
[22:08] <mattltm> Make sure it can recive USB.
[22:08] <Lunar_Lander> I found that the technical part of the exam is heavily based on second semester physics
[22:08] <Dan-K2VOL> the beginning license is dead easy here, and I would think so there too
[22:08] <mattltm> Most cheep scanners only recive FM/AM
[22:09] <Dan-K2VOL> Well, the NTX2 is not a sideband transmitter
[22:10] <fsphil> wow, the funcube dongles are out of stock already
[22:10] <Dan-K2VOL> damn
[22:11] <Lunar_Lander> OK
[22:11] <Lunar_Lander> now
[22:11] <Lunar_Lander> I got a friend who wanted to do the balloon with me
[22:11] <Dan-K2VOL> good you need many people
[22:11] <Lunar_Lander> because he had made a system to record sensor data on a SD card to put in his backpack for hanggliding
[22:11] <Lunar_Lander> now he seems to be very busy
[22:12] <Lunar_Lander> and I doubt that he has interest still
[22:13] <Dan-K2VOL> Well, then if it's just you, I wouldn't bother to make anything custom, you should just buy off the shelf stuff, unless you want to spend years
[22:13] <Lunar_Lander> yes
[22:14] <Dan-K2VOL> Get the sparkfun balloon flight data sensor board that has tons of sensors,
[22:14] <Dan-K2VOL> And just launch those two things
[22:15] <Dan-K2VOL> It's nice to get a first flight of SOMETHING before putting too much effort in to it
[22:15] <Lunar_Lander> yeah definately
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[22:15] <Lunar_Lander> could you give me a link on the sparkfun board please?
[22:15] <Dan-K2VOL> sure just a sec
[22:15] <Dan-K2VOL> Stilldavid designed it actually
[22:17] <Lunar_Lander> ok
[22:20] <Dan-K2VOL> http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9944
[22:21] <Lunar_Lander> ah
[22:21] <Lunar_Lander> good price
[22:21] <Dan-K2VOL> Also will need this: http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9530
[22:21] <Lunar_Lander> and comes with 6 sensors
[22:21] <Dan-K2VOL> Which we are also using on speedball
[22:22] <Lunar_Lander> yeah
[22:22] <Lunar_Lander> so you connect the logger to the board?
[22:22] <Dan-K2VOL> Yes
[22:22] <Lunar_Lander> ah and then you put in an SD and it writes to the SD
[22:22] <Lunar_Lander> cool
[22:22] <Dan-K2VOL> Yep!
[22:23] <Zuph> It's a pain in the ass to get data back out of.
[22:23] <Dan-K2VOL> Haha
[22:23] <Zuph> fyi
[22:23] <Lunar_Lander> oh
[22:23] <Dan-K2VOL> Well, only if you're trying to read it back out mid-air to the microcontroller flight computer
[22:23] <Lunar_Lander> yeah
[22:23] <Zuph> yes. On the ground, it's super simple.
[22:23] <Dan-K2VOL> Which you shouldn't bother with at this point
[22:23] <Lunar_Lander> yeah
[22:23] <Zuph> In the air, it blows.
[22:23] <Lunar_Lander> on the ground you simply shove the SD into the PC right?
[22:24] <Zuph> yep
[22:24] <Dan-K2VOL> Hehe yep, and that's all we do all day long, write, then read from it in the air
[22:24] <Dan-K2VOL> It's our telemetry staging area
[22:24] <Lunar_Lander> yeah
[22:24] <Zuph> Also, at this point, I'm tempted to phrase things interestingly so Dan's computer will read them out loud. Reykjavik.
[22:24] <Lunar_Lander> xD!
[22:25] <Zuph> Hafnarfjordur
[22:25] <Zuph> Eyjafjallajökull
[22:25] <Dan-K2VOL> Nice, and you can listen too at http://ustre.am/oIad
[22:25] <Lunar_Lander> yeah maybe you should set up a Reykjavik tracking station
[22:26] <NigeyS> howaboutawholesentencewithoutspacesdoesthatsoundfunkydan?
[22:26] <Dan-K2VOL> Hahaha
[22:26] <Zuph> That sounded like german.
[22:26] <NigeyS> lmao
[22:26] <Lunar_Lander> you see, Ariane also has the stations in Ascension and Africa when it flys across the Atlantic :)
[22:26] <Dan-K2VOL> it did
[22:27] <Dan-K2VOL> I hope to be seeing Orbcomm everywhere we need to go
[22:27] <NigeyS> nigel smells
[22:27] <fsphil> Wait, so on your computer I have an american accent?
[22:27] <Lunar_Lander> Ariane rocks!
[22:27] <Dan-K2VOL> I can change that
[22:27] <NigeyS> omg your laptop insulted me dude!
[22:27] <fsphil> haha
[22:28] <NigeyS> to much fun dan! :D
[22:28] <Lunar_Lander> The voice is a bit like Crow from Mystery Science Theater 3000
[22:28] <Dan-K2VOL> :-P
[22:28] <Dan-K2VOL> Oh it is!
[22:28] <fsphil> And nigie smells a bit
[22:28] <Dan-K2VOL> It's the system voice Alex on OSX
[22:28] <NigeyS> :o oi :p
[22:29] <Dan-K2VOL> Not sure if there's any with a european accent, let me see
[22:29] <Zuph> Damnit guys, you're interrupting ballooning!
[22:30] <fsphil> My Amiga 600 did voice synthesis .. was pretty funny
[22:30] <Lunar_Lander> xD
[22:30] <fsphil> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxfBMkKf6WI
[22:30] <Lunar_Lander> LOL it reads out the links
[22:31] <NigeyS> lets try this ..
[22:31] <Lunar_Lander> so I make another statement: Sophie Marceau (that is a french actress) is hot!
[22:31] <Dan-K2VOL> Eh only US english voices here
[22:31] <fsphil> Ah that's no fun
[22:31] <Dan-K2VOL> You can buy other accents from 3rd party countries
[22:31] <Lunar_Lander> and it can't really spell french
[22:31] <Lunar_Lander> xD
[22:31] <Dan-K2VOL> companies
[22:32] <NigeyS> 76*(mass of 1 hydrogen atom)*((speed of light)**2)
[22:32] <Lunar_Lander> 74-75
[22:33] <fsphil> Hmm... there is a voice script for x-chat
[22:33] <Lunar_Lander> Gettin' Lucky in Kentucky!
[22:34] <NigeyS> phil i still have a hole in my thumb :(
[22:34] <Dan-K2VOL> Fill it in
[22:35] <NigeyS> i'll just pop some polyfiller in there now :P
[22:36] <fsphil> You'll be fine, as long as there's no like circuit boards and motors under there
[22:36] <NigeyS> bit of copper maybe .. lol
[22:37] <fsphil> yikes, it's reading it out loud. that's weird
[22:37] <Dan-K2VOL> Haha it's always reading it out loud when we're here
[22:37] <fsphil> it's picked a female voice for some reason
[22:37] <Dan-K2VOL> oh gotcha, your lcoal machine
[22:37] <NigeyS> doesnt it put you off ?
[22:38] <fsphil> "nig-eys"
[22:38] <Dan-K2VOL> No, it' allows me to keep working on stuff across the room and listen for when I need to respond :-)
[22:38] <fsphil> it's struggling with your nick Dan-K2VOL :)
[22:38] <fsphil> ooh, and it says "smiles" for :-)
[22:38] <Dan-K2VOL> Hmm
[22:38] <fsphil> "says herm" lol
[22:38] <Dan-K2VOL> Nice, my Adium is quiet on :-)
[22:38] <Zuph> fsphil: link to script?
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[22:38] <fsphil> http://www.nogas.org/xchat_speak/
[22:38] <fsphil> LOL, it's awful with my nick
[22:39] <fsphil> fsfffhhill
[22:39] <fsphil> actually this is a lot hander than my IRC LCD screen
[22:40] <NigeyS> so hows the payload doing guys?
[22:41] <Dan-K2VOL> Oh slow and steady, working on squashing little bugs in the telemetry
[22:41] <NigeyS> you need some bug spray!
[22:47] <Lunar_Lander> yeah let's try to turn Dan's computer to Stephen Tyler
[22:47] <Lunar_Lander> And
[22:47] <Lunar_Lander> I
[22:47] <Lunar_Lander> don't
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[22:48] <Lunar_Lander> want to close my eyes
[22:48] <Lunar_Lander> xD
[22:48] <fsphil> "Loo-un-ar lander"
[22:48] <Lunar_Lander> I don't want to faaaaaal asleeeeeeeeeep yeah
[22:48] <Lunar_Lander> and I don't
[22:48] <Lunar_Lander> want
[22:48] <Lunar_Lander> to
[22:48] <Lunar_Lander> miss
[22:48] <Lunar_Lander> a thing
[22:48] <Lunar_Lander> Dan's PC is a bad singer
[22:49] <fsphil> This wouldn't be so bad if it didn't say your nick between each line
[22:49] <Lunar_Lander> yeah
[22:50] <Lunar_Lander> btw what I have learned so far
[22:50] <Lunar_Lander> if Dan was radioing in a car, he would say K2VOL/m
[22:50] <Lunar_Lander> on a ship K2VOL/mm
[22:50] <Lunar_Lander> and in a plane K2VOL/am
[22:54] <Lunar_Lander> is that right Dan-K2VOL ?
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[22:57] <Dan-K2VOL> Here I'd say "K2VOL Mobile"
[22:57] <Dan-K2VOL> Or "Marine Moble" or "Air Mobile"
[22:57] <Dan-K2VOL> on voice
[22:57] <Lunar_Lander> ah
[22:57] <MrCraig> ugh, ugly problem - if I manually type a GPGGA string into hyperterminal I get what I'm expecting, a HAB string that's almost compliant - but if I copy and paste the same GPGGA string the processor locks up :) waaay - nice timing issue to figure out. :-/
[22:57] <natrium42> o/
[22:57] <fsphil> do you pronounce it mob-ile or mob-ill?
[22:59] <fsphil> actually, there's an operator here who says mob-eel
[22:59] <fsphil> sounds really weird
[23:04] <Zuph> Sweet, watchdog works
[23:06] <NigeyS> yey
[23:07] <Lunar_Lander> what is the watchdog?
[23:07] <Zuph> If the flight computer doesn't reset the watchdog every X seconds, the watchdog will reset the flight computer.
[23:07] <Lunar_Lander> and is Zuph the man who is in the FOV of the cam now?
[23:07] <Lunar_Lander> ah cool
[23:07] <Zuph> Nope, that's Dan
[23:07] <Zuph> Dan the man
[23:07] <Lunar_Lander> cool
[23:08] <Lunar_Lander> yay he waved
[23:08] <Lunar_Lander> xD someone made a statement
[23:08] <Lunar_Lander> I DON'T THINK IT'S A REAL ISSUE
[23:09] <fsphil> ooh, overhead projector screen
[23:10] <Zuph> hah
[23:10] <Lunar_Lander> cool
[23:10] <Lunar_Lander> is Zuph one of the men talking there?
[23:10] <Zuph> Nope
[23:10] <Lunar_Lander> oh ok
[23:10] <Zuph> This is Dan and Gary
[23:10] <Lunar_Lander> ah
[23:10] <Zuph> I'm behind the camera
[23:10] <Zuph> programming the flight computer
[23:10] <Lunar_Lander> ah
[23:10] <SpeedEvil> I'm standing behind the grassy knoll, with a high powered trifle.
[23:11] <fsphil> mmm... trifle
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[23:30] <Lunar_Lander> btw
[23:32] <Lunar_Lander> just searched arduino mega on ebay
[23:32] <Lunar_Lander> first result is "Clone Arduino Mega"
[23:32] <Lunar_Lander> :(
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[23:37] <Lunar_Lander> http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/903/picoatlas2.png
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[23:37] <Lunar_Lander> I plotted the air temperatures versus altitude from James' flight
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[23:40] <NigeyS> hey Terry
[23:40] <Lunar_Lander> hi juxta
[23:40] <juxta> morning :)
[23:41] <Lunar_Lander> test question of the day
[23:41] <Lunar_Lander> why is GPS limited?
[23:41] <juxta> you mean altitude limits?
[23:42] <Lunar_Lander> yeah and the speed limit
[23:42] <Lunar_Lander> mattltm already submitted the correct answer
[23:42] <Lunar_Lander> :)
[23:42] <NigeyS> so you dont slap it on a ballistic missile
[23:42] <juxta> to reduce the potential of a GPS module being used in a munition
[23:42] <juxta> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CoCom
[23:42] <Lunar_Lander> yeah
[23:43] <juxta> I'm off to have a shower
[23:43] <Lunar_Lander> test passed :)
[23:43] <mattltm> Yay for ICBM's :P
[23:43] <Lunar_Lander> xD
[23:43] <NigeyS> lol
[23:46] <fsphil> If you can launch an ICBM, you can probably build a crude version of GPS anyway
[23:47] <NigeyS> true
[23:47] <SpeedEvil> Today a GPS is a fairly easy thing to do.
[23:47] <fsphil> or just hack the firmware on a commercial receiver
[23:47] <SpeedEvil> Back when it was designed - it was rather less easy
[23:47] <NigeyS> hmm this looks kinda wrong :|
[23:47] <NigeyS> $$ATS1,8,23:44:34,51.48676,-3.14731,10,132098,16785742*A27F
[23:47] <NigeyS> $$ATS1,9,23:44:37,51.48676,-3.14731,10,132098,16785742*5211
[23:47] <Lunar_Lander> wasn't the GPS deactivated for civil use once?
[23:47] <SpeedEvil> Lunar_Lander: Sort-of
[23:48] <Lunar_Lander> I think in the first gulf war
[23:48] <mattltm> http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/3302763.stm
[23:48] <SpeedEvil> Before 1996, it was intentioally dithered.
[23:48] <Lunar_Lander> ah
[23:48] <mattltm> From a while ago but well done :)
[23:48] <SpeedEvil> By around 300m.
[23:48] <SpeedEvil> However.
[23:48] <Lunar_Lander> yeah
[23:48] <SpeedEvil> With internet, and the right receiver, (or indeed communications) this dither drops out.
[23:48] <Lunar_Lander> mattltm sounds like Gerald Bull there
[23:49] <Lunar_Lander> I mean Bull in his Iraq days
[23:51] <mattltm> Well now we have alerted the NSA, I'm off to bed!
[23:51] <mattltm> Night all :)
[23:51] <Lunar_Lander> night
[23:51] <fsphil> g'night!
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[23:51] <Lunar_Lander> interesting that this simpson guy wasn't arrested
[23:52] <NigeyS> is temp %li phil ? in the rtty string ?
[23:52] <fsphil> depends on the type of variable
[23:52] <fsphil> int, float?
[23:53] <NigeyS> int
[23:53] <fsphil> try just %i -- though I don't think it'll make any difference
[23:54] <NigeyS> oki
[23:54] <Lunar_Lander> the wiki says that COCOM ceased to exist in 1994
[23:54] <Lunar_Lander> but there is a successor, right?
[23:56] <NigeyS> hmm nope, its just spitting out 1026 and 2 .. thats def not my temp or lightlevel .. lol
[23:58] <fsphil> make sure you're actually calling the bit of code to read the sensors
[23:58] <NigeyS> yeah it is doing
[23:58] <NigeyS> temp0 = getTempdata(address0);
[23:58] <NigeyS> photocellReading = analogRead(photocellPin);
[23:59] <fsphil> how are you printing it?
[23:59] <NigeyS> trying to append it to the end of the gps string
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