[Space] Meeting notes from 03.30

Christie Dudley longobord at gmail.com
Thu Apr 1 17:51:19 UTC 2010

Two weeks is a HUGE amount of time considering we launch every month.
 Having a list of things that *might* be on board by that time, and their
likely weights (sans possible cables...) might not be a bad idea, though.

That was the *beta* launch page. We're doing greek letters. So the next will
be gamma then delta.

"We also briefly discussed having officers replaced by very small shell
scripts." -- Noisebridge meeting notes 2008-06-17

The outer bounds is only the beginning.

On Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 11:03 PM, Albert Alexander <
albert.alexander at gmail.com> wrote:

> I strongly endorse having a weigh-in two weeks prior to launch. No changes
> in mass after that. That'll give us time to actually assemble and test the
> bus.
> I did a top-down checklist on the Bravo launch page, but we need software
> test procedures to be added.
> I think thermal control is a must for next launch. I thought it was silly
> to launch this time without fixing last launch's failure point. I'll parse
> Alpha's temperature data this week to get a starting point.
> Also I am totally serious about sending a small animal up on Delta launch
> (not Charlie. Is the next launch Charlie? Or is it just the "real" Bravo?).
> A
> On Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 10:29 PM, Christopher Lincoln <cclinco at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Meeting notes from 03.30
>> Suggestions for improving launch quality and efficiency
>>  - Need a standard process for setting up and testing electronics.  This
>> process must be well documented
>>  - Preflight check list.
>>  - Battery check
>>  - Have “Yay or Nay” call of the Tuesday meeting before the launch.
>>    For a “Yay” call to be made, every critical component must be completed
>> and tested.
>>  - A full check list of what is going up with this launch and their
>> dependencies
>>  - Mark the tank as we open it, to alleviate confusion as to which one was
>> used.
>>  - Always take a second (back up) tank to each launch
>>  - create wiki pages of each payload item, including set up instructions.
>> (list of needed pages are on the bottom of this page.)
>>  - Provide better communication for the drive out of the launch site
>>  - locate stores in the area that can provide forgotten items like
>> batteries and helium
>> List of tasks that we should do before the next launch
>>  - Test different types of batteries in the freezer (both types of
>> batteries and competing brands)
>>  - acquire a bathroom scale to weigh the helium tanks with.
>>  - Purchase condoms, extra large
>>  - the cannon IS1100 stopped taking pictures shortly after being turned
>> on, probably battery related, but we should test to make sure.
>> Ideas for next launch
>>  - One battery grid to rule them all!  This would consist of 2 battery
>> systems that connected just prior to the component giving a back up system
>> should one fail.
>>  - add solar cells to the outside to the payload to test energy received
>> as we go up.   We can use the datalogger to store the information.
>>  - Use a droid with debian installed (Chris has one) to feed data from a
>> USB hub that had has several web cameras hooked up and save the data out to
>> a USB harddrive.   Alternatively we could also use a beagle board (Nils has
>> one).
>>  - Attach LED blinkies or stroke lights (from disposable cameras) to the
>> end of the antenna support arms.
>>  - Add a high pitch buzzer to the payload bus to help locate it
>>  - add brightly colored inflated condoms (balloons will work also) to the
>> payload so that they will float above the final resting place, assisting in
>> locating it.
>>  - Add a video camera, and stream it's feed over a ham radio to a base
>> station.  This would use a NTSC broadcast.  This has the potential to be
>> expensive, so Chris will gather  - a cost estimate for this (both dollar and
>> if possible weight)
>>  - make the video camera steerable.  Even outside of the flight this would
>> be usable as we could then be able to see the area where the payload landed
>> before having to walk  - there.
>> Ideas talked about, but decided to be considered independent of the core
>> Spacebridge concept
>>  - Generating Hydrogen quickly and cheaply.  While awesome, it's to
>> dangerous and inconvenient for us to focus on at the moment.
>>  - UAV.  Again awesome, but is a large enough project to be considered
>> independent but closely related and potentially intersecting Spacebridge.
>> Wiki pages that need to be created and maintained.
>>  - Radio, with set up instructions
>>  - Radio Antena (dipole)
>>  - GPS
>>  - Packet Tracker
>>  - Open Tracker
>>  - G1, including applications used and set up intructions
>>  - Canon A700 Camera, including CHDK, script, battery limitations, SD card
>> limitations and set up instructions
>>  - Canon IS1100 SD Camera, including CHDK, script, SDHC card limitations,
>> instructions
>>  - Payload Bus
>>  - Icrais program
>>  - Android APRS
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