[islandlabs] Balloon Launch II: Progress Report 2

Burns, William burns at cshl.edu
Sat Apr 17 14:07:55 EDT 2010


Joe:
 
That's awesome! How many cameras did you get?
What happens when it hits the max file size?
How long can it record?
 
-Bill

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Wind patterns continue to straighten out as the Maritimes lump wends it's way
to Gibraltar. Local weather, however, continues to look bad.

Roscoe (courtesy Weather Underground):
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Sunday
Snow showers likely in the morning. Cloudy with a chance of rain showers.
Little or no snow accumulation. Highs in the mid 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 15
mph. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.

Current Cloud Deck (Saturday):
Overcast   4800 ft
(Above Ground Level)
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Albany
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Sunday
Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Highs around 50. Northwest
winds 10 to 15 mph.

Current Cloud deck (Saturday): 
Scattered Clouds 1800 ft
Mostly Cloudy 4200 ft
Overcast 6500 ft
(Above Ground Level)
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In Other Late-Breaking News:

Yesterday at work, a small padded envelope arrived on my workbench bearing
export customs declarations from the island city-state of Hong Kong.

THE     VIDEO CAMERA HAS ARRIVED!!!!!  

First quick experiments with a borrowed MicroSDHC from Amy show that video is
Motion JPEG at 30 fps and a resolution of 748x480. There is a date/time stamp
watermark in the lower right corner of the frame.

It also seems that the unit cannot record when plugged into a USB power
source. The internal battery is a rechargeable Lithium-ion, which according to
the Wikipedia article on Lithium battery chemistry, should be good to at least
-20 C.

Further experiments shall be ongoing...



Joe
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