[Space] budget

Mikolaj Habryn dichro at rcpt.to
Fri Jan 15 21:27:58 UTC 2010

I'm thinking that any work we defer until after roboexotica won't
launch until March - which is fine, since we want to launch monthly
anyway, but I'd like to get something up in February, even if it's
just a G1 duct-taped to a balloon :P No progress without deadlines,
after all.

If anything, we could consider moving it earlier by a week, to avoid
time stress with Winter Blast and Roboexotica - Ozzy, is it an option
to move the date around at all, or are we pinned to the original date
that you suggested to the FSDO?


On Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 6:52 PM, Samuel Coniglio <sam.coniglio at gmail.com> wrote:
> Could we postpone this after Roboexotica? I have a drinkbot to re-build.
> Sam
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> On Jan 14, 2010, at 6:23 PM, Mikolaj Habryn <dichro at rcpt.to> wrote:
>> 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?
>> m.
>>> Christie
>>> KJ6ERM
>>> _______
>>> 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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