[Space] hack night update

Christie Dudley longobord at gmail.com
Fri Feb 5 17:28:07 UTC 2010

So I wanted to outline what remains to be done so we have a list somewhere
to refer back to.  I'm sticking this out on wave so we can have a working
copy.  Just wanted to give folks the heads up, though.

APRS payload system:
- Figure out how to configure OpenTracker with call sign, etc.
- Test opentracker functionality
- Configure radio for frequency, etc.
- Buy cable adapter for antenna-radio

Ground radio system:
- Buy Antenna cable adapter
- Buy special cable to attach my radio to laptop
- Configure software on laptop to receive and process signal.
- Configure software on laptop to plot position on map

- Buy/construct substructure/housing
- Secure all equipment to structure.
- Provide mechanical protection for exposed circuits
- Waterproofing for wet landing?

- Calculate trajectory estimate
- Order helium
- Pick up helium


(*Ahem.  My name is spelled with an 'ie' not a 'y'.)
"The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom." -- W. Blake.

On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 1:30 AM, Mikolaj Habryn <dichro at rcpt.to> wrote:

> Excellent progress!
> Christy has soldered up an opentracker kit and cables, and we
> basically have end-to-end connectivity from GPS all the way down to
> radio antenna. Further progress needs a real serial port to upgrade
> firmware on the GPS and configure the opentracker.
> Andrew has written a chunk of Android code for the G1, including not
> only augmenting sensor logging with network state but also the really
> critical piece, namely broadcasting GPS location via SMS.
> Blake volunteered his CHDK-compatible camera (that has been up to the
> edge of space once already) to rescue the sadly over-modern SD400
> situation.
> We're in pretty good shape for the weekend - and Modesto weather
> forecasts say that Sunday will be mostly sunny.
> m.
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