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Telecon tomorrow (Thursday) @ 5 pm Eastern time

Hi all,

Telecon tomorrow (Apr. 16 in North America, Apr. 17 in Australia) at the regular time: 5 pm Eastern (2 pm Pacific, 11 am Hawaii, 23.00 European, 7 am Eastern Australia). Some more successful outdoor drop tests have been done; Radiometrix is presently updating and testing our SHX1 144 MHz transceiver modules; and engineering students Josh Gage and Evan Moore are presently testing out some new laser diodes and photodiodes. Also, some more testing of the new Raveon M8S data modems in the lab, new Hamamatsu and Thorlabs photodiodes are here in Victoria and ready to be tested, and progress on AIFCOMSS station-keeping prediction/simulation software. More discussion items for tomorrow's telecon include: flight/telescope plans and tests; construction and lab tests of the new gondolas/payloads; light sources and light source modelling; goniometric and pre- and post-flight calibration; propulsion work; nanosat bus and payload solid models; computing / website / TWiki forums and e-mails; grant applications; and recap of schedules. I'll send a progress report before the telecon tomorrow.

Here's how to connect:

1) Open Skype on your computer (note that of course, you should first install Skype, http://www.skype.com, on your machine if you haven't already).
2) In the "Contacts" menu, add me ( jalbertuvic ) as a contact, if you haven't already.
3) Just wait for me to Skype-call you at the usual time (5 pm Eastern, 2 pm Pacific, etc).
4) If there is any trouble, or if you don't get a Skype-call for some reason and would like to join, please just send me an e-mail (jalbert@uvic.ca).

Here's the tentative agenda:

I) Flight & telescope plans, and upcoming tests
II) Construction, drop tests, and other tests of the new gondola and payload
III) Diffused light source and its modelling, pre- and post-flight calibration, and goniometric calibrations
IV) Solid modelling
V) Computing/website, including recent flight control and simulation progress
VI) Grant applications

Talk to you all tomorrow, thanks!!!

-- jalbert - 2020-04-15

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JPEGJPG ALTAIRBrokenLongFiberglassParafoilSparNeedsFixing_6apr20.JPG r1 manage 4326.5 K 2020-04-16 - 03:52 UnknownUser A broken long (10') thin (1/8" diam) fiberglass parafoil spar (damaged in a Mar. 31 drop test), in need of repair
JPEGJPG ALTAIRBrokenLongFiberglassParafoilSparRepaired_6apr20.JPG r1 manage 3706.5 K 2020-04-16 - 03:54 UnknownUser The broken fiberglass spar repaired using a short hollowed nylon rod (to act as a "cast" around the breakage) and a pair of M3 set screws
Quicktime movieMOV ALTAIRDropTestRedPfoilWithFullSparFramePlusCenterCrosstie6Apr20.MOV r1 manage 3187.4 K 2020-04-16 - 03:43 UnknownUser A second (and also successful) drop test with a center cross-tie spar added to the full spar frame (first test with this setup, but on the yellow parafoil, was on Mar 31 a week earlier), this time on the red parafoil
Quicktime movieMOV ALTAIRDropTestWith2ParafoilsCenterCrosstiesButNoDiagCrosslinksAndSemiBrokenSparOnRedPfoil5Apr20.MOV r1 manage 6860.5 K 2020-04-16 - 03:40 UnknownUser A second drop test with both parafoils (first was the previous week on Mar 31), both with spar frames but no diagonal crosslink spars (because we only have 4 long fiberglass rods at present), but this time with center cross-tie spars added. One of the long fibreglass spar frame rods was partially broken and repaired prior to test (see photos also attached).
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