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July 21, 2008
Space hardware test systems
Arduino, LabVIEW, MBed… I like high level languages
Dataprocessing, Troubleshooting, Designing
Home automation, Controls, 3D Printing
News - May Caption Contest!
Casey didn’t know why, but he always got the feeling that the US government was looking over his shoulder.
News - Just because you can, doe…
a nazi kicking a kitten…… oh wait, you want functionally terrible. A fire safe, chair leg, motor bearings, 3D printer hot end, pillows, a holster for your Heaterizer XL3000 with fake flames (wait, no, that would be awesome)
News - April Caption Contest
about 2 months ago
Turns out using an Arduino does not make you a better broadway dancer.
Sparkfun spreads the word about the new Open Source Silly Walk Initiative
News - Enginursday: Leaving the …
about 6 months ago
Wow, if student groups are screening and doing burn-in, I’m impressed. That’s an amazing learning experience. Placing a transistor in a schematic is one thing. Knowing how it can fail, how it changes over temperature, what your margins are (and on and on), can sometimes be the real engineering. My hats off to them.
Exactly, plus transitioning between those extremes causes mechanical stress. Combine this with the vibration seen in a rocket launch and you have a recipe for finding your solder joint problems REALLY fast.
The level of engineering that goes into any space hardware is amazing.
Being within the Van Allen belt might allow for COTS parts, but I don’t see COTS parts all that often. While radiation might not be a problem, reliability is. Especially in mission critical electronics. Traditionally Mil Spec and screened parts have been used in launch vehicles and satellites (at least the parts I’ve worked with). It’s possible they might use some COTs in the space station just because you have a human around to fix any broken components.
News - Your November Caption Con…
about 7 months ago
People were wondering how Sparkfun’s magic blue smoke kit was made. Here’s how.
News - New Product Friday: Holy …
about 8 months ago
Audio quality? More importantly, a red box wall would match his beard better.
News - Your October Caption Cont…
about 9 months ago
After years of drinking chocolate Ovaltine, Pete finally got his Little Orphan Annie’s Plane… without a propeller.
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