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Space hardware test systems

Programming Languages

Arduino, LabVIEW, MBed… I like high level languages


Dataprocessing, Troubleshooting, Designing


Home automation, Controls, 3D Printing

  • 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.

  • People were wondering how Sparkfun’s magic blue smoke kit was made. Here’s how.

  • Audio quality? More importantly, a red box wall would match his beard better.

  • After years of drinking chocolate Ovaltine, Pete finally got his Little Orphan Annie’s Plane… without a propeller.

  • This is the only time engineers don’t like ground planes.

  • … and that pun flew over my head

  • clap I can see the Edison being an elegant solution in places the RPi doesn’t quite fit… mainly wearable and mobile platforms. They don’t overlap much in my mind.

    I think the other big difference is knowledge barrier-to-entry at the moment. RPi has amazing documentation and is easy to start out. Edison is new and has had a very lackluster documentation out of the gate. It will pick up if it develops a community, but judging the backlash I’m worried. I’m hoping Sparkfun can help turn that around. (pleeeease… no pressure :-P )

  • I agree with this… in a sense.

    I think a lot of the Edison hate is maker pop-culture at the moment. Not unwarranted, but a touch over-the-top. However, Intel is obviously not in touch with the maker culture if they named it after such a hated icon.

    Should have gone with Wardenclyffe.

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