The weekend just gone (Nov 28-29) saw ASRI conduct it’s annual conference. It was a low key affair with a small number of attendees. Even with a small number of attendees the conference saw lively debate on a variety of Australian space related topics and it was extemely enjoyable for all that attended.
I gave the ASRI High Altitude Balloon (HAB) program update for 2009 and was pleased with the number of questions which indicated I didn’t put everyone to sleep 🙂
Got myself a pair of the netcomm 200Mbps Homeplug AV ethernet over power adapters to reach into a hard to reach (wireless wise) part of my house.
Plugged them in, turned them on, configured linux to bring the interface up – works!
Technology is fantastic when it works – and this works fine. Throughput-wise I got 23 Megabytes / sec which is 184 Megabits / sec which is close to the rated throughput of the device. Sure , I might have gotten lucky, but I deserve it 🙂
My loyal blog readers (and you know who you are) will have seen a mention of the HABx balloon project from an earlier posting.
I thought it was about time for an update.
The procedures documentation and hardware development is proceeding quite well now. The HABx telemetry package is made up of a propeller microcontroller and now has working (prototype) temperature sensors, accelerometers, pressure sensors and now a GPS. Only four (4) things to prototype now from the electronics perspective, the cameras, strobe, RF and the termination system.
The system is slowly but steadily coming together with a tethered integration ‘flight’ set for early in the new year.