Speaking of Hams, a call for Hams and Hackers to communicate with ISEE-3Posted by Krux on Saturday March 1, 2014 @ 12:56am
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ISEE-3, one of America's most dedicated space exploration vessels is on its way home. Unfortunately, when it gets here, no one will be talking to it. NASA decommissioned the equipment needed to communicate with the satellite nearly 15 years ago. [Emily Lakdawalla] at the planetary society has been following the long traveled probe for years. Her recent article on the topic includes the news that NASA essentially gave up the battle before it even started.
In 1999, NASA contacted the probe to verify it was still functioning. All systems were determined to be operating fine. On September 18, 2008, NASA attempted to receive the probe's carrier signal. To the space agency's surprise, they found that the probe was never shut down after the 1999 status check. It was still transmitting data, and amazingly, 12 of its 13 science instruments were still operational.
This brings us to 2014. ICE/ISEE-3 is on its way home. It will return for a close Earth pass in August. NASA has determined that the equipment needed to contact ICE/ISEE-3 was decommissioned from the Deep Space Network (DSN) in 1999. Due to budget limitations, rebuilding the equipment is not possible. If NASA won't reach out to ICE/ISEE-3, perhaps Makers, Hackers, and Ham radio operators could. ICE/ISEE-3 includes two 5 watt S-Band transponders. Receiving the signal may not be a major problem. Transmitting however, will be. Without the gain of the large DSN dishes, contact will be difficult.
South Park: The Stick of TruthPosted by unicron on Friday February 14, 2014 @ 06:35pm
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First 13 minutes of game play, looking like a must buy.
A white thief? Never heard of one, but interesting.
GrandmailPosted by Ghostalker on Wednesday February 12, 2014 @ 07:20am
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This gives me a great idea for business. Randomly generated emails to the elderly.
Speaking of KickstartersPosted by Krux on Saturday February 8, 2014 @ 07:45pm
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Take a look at what those crazy Canadian's are up to now.
The Starfire Space Cannon is the first of our low cost launch systems. This launcher is an 8 inch bore by 45 foot long road portable artillery system that has been custom designed to launch payloads into space.
We are currently developing a family of low cost sub-orbital flight vehicles and we will soon be developing a vehicle for the Starfire Space Cannon that will place cubesat type satellites into orbit.
Unlike conventional gun launchers, The Starfire launcher separates the propellant charge into several smaller charges which are fired sequentially as the vehicle moves down the bore of the launcher. This technique substantially reduces the g loadings that the vehicle experiences while still maintaining the high velocities and efficiencies of a gun launch system.
More info here at Starfire Scientific
Go Canada Eh!
does anyone know about programming in C?Posted by caleb bell on Friday February 7, 2014 @ 10:39am
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i have robotics class and we program in c, and i need to know if this is looks correct. its supposed to make the robot go in a circle three times.
Loadout - F2PPosted by unicron on Sunday February 2, 2014 @ 01:10pm
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Why the fuck are we all not playing this right now?!
Robots Army!Posted by Krux on Saturday February 1, 2014 @ 09:17am
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So Sarah just launched her Kickstarter for her Robot Army Starter Kit!
It's a Delta Robot kit, that by purchasing also helps her build her art installation where she will have a field of delta robots that can be interacted with. It's a cool project, and I'm excited to see it come into being.
Oh and buy a kit!
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Awesome new TLD's soon to be availablePosted by unicron on Monday January 27, 2014 @ 04:18pm
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Krux.sucks soon to become a reality and quickly squatted
$99 3D Chocolate PrinterPosted by Krux on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 06:52pm
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This one is for volt.
Quinn Karaitiana is passionate about the potential of 3D Printing and he introduced the first $99 3D chocolate printer 'ChocaByte' at CES 2014. The ChocaByte printer was designed only days ago before the trade show, but it is claimed to be the world's first affordable personalized chocolate 3D printer. The ChocaByte works with chocolate-filled cartridges. To use the printer you simply heat the chocolate cartridge in the microwave or hot water, then place the cartridge into the printer and press start. A chocolate print can be made in less than 10 minutes, says Quinn.
The guy who came up with this came into SYN Shop the Monday before CES, since the prototype printer he had broke during transport from Australia, and he needed some help getting it working again. It's a pretty neat idea.