May 30, 2012
News - According to Pete - Spect…
about 2 years ago
You could do a joint venture with Colorado model-aerospace heroes Apogee Components to make flexible electronic payloads for model rockets. The small body tube diameters in low-power rocketry are a severe limit to the payloads, especially for a hobbyist. But if you could get a reasonably cheap, lightweight, flexible instrumentation package (accel/gyro, barometric, maybe a photocell mounted on the rocket (for roll rate), flash storage, and an expandable bus to instrument a rocket to any desired level. You could add GPS, INS, magnetometers, cameras, physics payloads, servos or solenoids (to activate experiments), triggering air-start motors… you, of course, have a good idea of the possibilities there.
I suggest you talk to Tim Van Milligan, head honcho at Apogee, and see what he thinks of developing a rocketry avionics set. He is a bona fide NASA rocket scientist, and he loves reaching out to the public, so I would guess he’d back it with enthusiasm — especially if it gives him a new, unique product line too.
News - Engineering Roundtable - …
about 2 years ago
By the way, one way you could automatically white-balance the image after the scan is done would go like this:
This reminds me of the high-end Dainippon Screen drum scanner at the prepress shop I worked with. That was also a single-pixel device, but the originals were mounted on a high-speed glass drum; the optical system was a halogen bulb feeding the focal point through (I think) 8 fibre optic lines to a set of photomultiplier tubes with a sensitivity of INDIVIDUAL PHOTONS. In transmission mode (for transparent originals) it could differentiate 5.00D from 5.01D, and its resolution limit was something like 5,000 pixels per inch. Fabulous!
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