17:00 – It was an awesome day, good turnout too, I wish I could stay a bit longer but its a long journey back to Oxford. Till next time, bye!
16:30 – Arduinos making music (or noise take your pick) and you can controll them by hand. Awesome. Roger made a red LED imitate human heartbeat
15:30 – The whole place turned into an Arduino workshop the two room now merged that second Labview workshop finished
15:20 – I just meet Bristol branch rep and they are planning a balloon launch experiment, and we will help them to get the funding for their idea. If you are near Bristol and want to get involved contact them!
14:50 – People hacking away on Arduinos. Loads of laptops and blinking LEDs everywhere.
14:39 – Arduino workshop, currently learning about the wearable LilyPad which is a sawable, washable arduino chip!
13:45 – Second LabView hands on session happening now! Also an open discussion is going on about possible future myPocketQub projects.
12:30 – After loads more interesting STK scenarios we break for lunch. Off to the pub! Others stay for the first LabView workshop.
12:15 – Playing more with STK and Q&A. How to fly your aircraft with STK, and what is that UAV doing over Scotland? A live simulation with many 100s of objects, live UAV control and military target identification all in STK.
12:00 – We have a satellite on orbit with communication link to New York. Nice one!
11:50 – Back at the STK workshop the satellite orbit simulation is coming along nicely. People following the instructions on their laptops. STK can use collada models, we put an A380 to space you can also export google sketchup models directly.
11:45 – I just saw the setup for the Labview workshop. Loads of laptops, it looks really exciting, I can’t wait.
11:40 – I just chatted to the Arduino workshop people, and we agreed that Arduinos are the easiest and fastest way to interact software and hardware for your DYI project. They have a small robot for the workshop.
11:35 – STK workshop starting. Free trial license for everyone.
11:30 – Slight change in the program to allow everyone to attend the sessions they want to. Workshop website now updated accordingly.
11:20 – Adruino workshop is being set up. Loads of cool looking hardware and some new Arduino Uno boards from coolcomponents!
11:10 – Tour of the telescope outside. Everything snowy!
11:00 -10 min coffee break, I should catch up with people, oh and there are jaffa cakes
10:55 – Live STK demo, you can even model terrain! Even on the Moon, or Mars!
10:45 – STK presentation starts, workshops after this!
10:44 – Labview offers student internships. Considering they do stuff with CERN, NASA and loads of other interesting companies around the globe you might want to get one! Check out their website for details!
10:30 – Live Labview demo. A temperature sensor hacked together in less than a minute. It is very high level, powerfull and easy to use.
10:16 – Labview presentation starts
10:15 – AMSAT deploying ground stations to schools and universities. If you want to join or get a radio license drop us a line.
10:10 – AMSAT launched over 70 satellites to date and they are planning a mission to Mars!
9:46 – AMSAT presentation starts.
9:45 – I arrived late after getting lost in the pretty snowy countryside. Its a nice drive up to the observatory. Sadly I missed Roger and Michael talking, I will ask them to give me an update later.
note: all this from a single perspective, there are loads more going on here, and loads of interesting people to talk to!