[Space] budget

Mikolaj Habryn dichro at rcpt.to
Fri Jan 15 02:23:04 UTC 2010

On Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 6:19 PM, Christie Dudley <longobord at gmail.com> wrote:
> Ouch!  That's the weekend of Winter Blast, where all the pyros on the west
> coast get together and make the ground shake, the sky rumble and  stars fall
> from the heavens.  I'm afraid I'll be busy.

If it's possible to revise the date, would the earlier weekend work
better? 2/13 and 2/14 are also the weekend of BIL, which might be a
conflict for some.

> Today was kind of weird at work, but I should get gas for you tomorrow. I'll
> check on the helium prices while I'm at it.  Another question that came
> up... do we want to buy our own tank? We'd have to keep renting them
> otherwise.

Dumb question: are tanks at all gas-specific, or it it just fittings
that care about seal materials and stuff? If we buy one for NB, will
it be usable for any future project that has gas storage needs? And
how much would it cost?


> Christie
> _______
> Getting to the bottom of the hill is convenient. The view from the top of
> the hill is stunning. Where would you choose to live?
> On Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 6:08 PM, Mikolaj Habryn <dichro at rcpt.to> wrote:
>> How close are we to having a solid idea of what we have left to
>> acquire for the launch? Ozzy has pinged the FAA with a launch date of
>> 2/13, which gives us an extra week, but is still not very far away :)
>> Off the top of my head, we still need:
>> Helium! (around $100 - Christie, can you confirm?)
>> Batteries/power regulation (Alex, Thom - suggestions?)
>> Camera (Sam? I just tried bidding on an $11 SD630 with a broken
>> display on ebay, but was outbid all the way up to $26 :P)
>> APRS tracker & radio
>> GPS to feed into tracker
>> Mechanical pieces - parachute, insulated carrier, cargo net
>> (volunteers to track any of these down?)
>> Anything else missing? We already have the balloon and G1 (albeit sans
>> software), and I think we can skip the Arduino brain for the moment
>> since the APRS tracker gear is likely to be able to read
>> pressure/temperature sensors and relay them back down.
>> m.
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