818 posts • joined 5 Jul 2010
Re: Re: Malala!
Re: A great start...
Good man. We'll add you to the list.
Re: Celebration purposes only !
Agreed. A nice pre-flight cuppa is a better idea.
Yup, we've got a PDF copy of "Ignition" here at SPB HQ
Re: A lesson learned?
Got to be first-hand experience, hasn't it?
What I didn't mention is that we're going to test a motor before the flights in the REHAB chamber at both low pressure and temperature (dry ice ahoy). If that doesn't work, we'll have time to try a remedy before sending it aloft.
Re: That's the way to do it
Yes, they do, but when I threw Richard and Judy into the mix, that was the end of it.
The launch is very much well west, fret ye not.
It was, and I still haven't forgiven Sir Thomas Knyvet for knocking the programme back 400 years.
A fair point. It feels like it though.
Yes it is.
Re: Re: Very impressive camera.
Very unimpressive indeed.
Because they're going to wrest control of the world from their human masters and enslave us all
Re: Re: The title is too long.
That is indeed a sound observation. We're not much worried about the electronics catching cold.
Re: Not fully convinced
It is indeed a case of suck it and see with the camera. It's pretty robust, as we've seen, and that it works at -50°C is impressive stuff.
Re: Re: The title is too long.
Battery drain might be an issue, in the absence of a whopping LiPo aboard the aircraft. We have limited juice, and want to ration it as much as possible.
Re: The title is too long.
A fair point, but there is a limit. I think we reached it when we started to put together the avionics. It's enough to give you sleepless nights, I can tell you.
Re: You have a head start.
Interesting. No mention of powerplant.
Re: Re: Too late but still
We've used the Picam at altitude several times without issue (see http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/11/lohan_picam/ for example), so while comments about potential vulnerabilities are noted, we have no evidence that it won't perform again.
Also, sticking cameras behind glass is a no-no, because of misting. If you're going to send a GoPro up, it has to be with the skeleton back, because if you use the waterproof case, you're just going to get fog.
See Dave Akerman's comment.
Re: Too late but still
I reckon we'd be pushing our luck on complexity with that. We've got enough electronic gadgetry to worry about. In this case, the motto is KISS
Re: 3D Robotics digital airspeed sensor probe
Well, I gather it's a bog-standard pitot-static tube. The new-school bit is the sensor, which is so new it's not for sale yet, and I don't have any info on it.
Re: Don't fry the Pi
Yes, it comes with a warning. Duly noted.
Re: Re: Ye Gods!
Re: C of G
All taken into consideration.
Yes, the Pixhawk plays "music" to let you know all is well. Haven't heard its dulcite warning tones yet. Just as well, cos it's bloody loud.
Re: You need a playmobil dog too.
Funnily enough, we have a few playmomutts...
Re: Paint Job
Paintjob's ongoing. Further tease: http://www.flickr.com/photos/registerparis/12203336633/
I have forwarded your query to the BuzzFelch aggregator.
Re: Good start, but..
Working on it.
Don't tempt us. We're actually looking at splitting the images in two horizontally and put the halves on separate pages.
Re: Re: old school
Indeed. We're limited to what we can mount in the aircraft.
Re: Sheds and budgets
It's a fair point, but actually the biggest benefit in terms of budget has been the team members' voluntary labour. Without that, I dread to think how much the project would cost. More than we can afford, for sure.
Re: Re: Weighty matters
Yes. The design chaps factored that in - trust me ;-)
The vid's from a Picam, rather than an autopilot OST rig. Dave Akerman is working to inteconnect the Pi and the Pixhawk, but I don't currently know how we'll be handling the video.
Re: Weighty matters
Actually, a few AAA Energiser Ultimate Lithiums is all it takes. Also, with the rocket motor loaded, it's not a front-heavy as it might appear.
Re: Is this guy inspired by PARIS?
It is pretty amazing.
Absolutely nothing, but 3DR offered the Pixhawk. According to Andrew Tridgell, it has vastly superior data-logging capabilities, and an improved airspeed indicator.
Re: I stopped reading when......
Glaring omissions to the set-up noted.
Re: Ampex 456
16-track soundtrack for a video from years back, before I joined Vulture Central.
Yes, the in-flight cable would be 30km+ and presumably wound round a really big spool.
Re: It looks bigger than I had imagined.
We're working on it. Still got a load of faffing to do...
Re: Re: Bluebottle?
Yes, the drink connection seems plausible. Good job.
Re: Re: Actually
Yes, it'd be quite frightening if the tip of your little finger went blue and numb.
Re: Re: .... @Danbo
Gents, I'm bringing down the gavel (walnut, in case you're wondering) on this spat. I think commentards falling out over timber is an El Reg first.
I think he had the piece lying about, so no extra cost there.
Hazme un favor...
¿Linguistic jingoism, moi?
Re: All it needed
Good effort. Award yourself beer.
Re: Force of attraction
That's a future update, I reckon.
Re: Re: We assume it has been updated
As Michael Fish might have put it: "Earlier on today, apparently, a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a drowning on the way... well, if you're watching, don't worry, there isn't
Re: We assume it has been updated
Yes, the creaking NOAA servers were to blame for that one, as I understand it. The update's improved matters somewhat.
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