Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Shop Day

This morning we found that our shop space is almost comically un-ideal, as we are situated between a hangar door that frequently opens to allow tracked forklifts to pass (at 1 mph) cooling the room to 10 degrees, and, I kid you not, an indoor simulation firing range in which soldiers fire gas operated M-16's at video terrorists and 90 decibel Turkeys. We don't really mind but though it was a pretty hilariously imperfect place to be situated.

We finished what we hope to be the last of the wiring, mounting, and other physical work on the robot, which is a huge step after almost 8 months of work. We'll be running Yeti tomorrow to test our GPS reception up here and try out or new code. We also built what we termed the 'Toolstation' for obvious reasons. This obnoxious platform allows us to sell peanuts while holding a laptop, batteries, radio, and antenna for fieldwork.

Kevin models:

Here are some pictures from yesterday.

Seeing the quad-track unload is absurd. Once outside of the plane, I would never believe you could get it off the ground.

Jim goes over the planned route and the crevasses marked on geocoded satellite imagery and photos taken from a helicopter.

Kevin plugs in our Truck. It's also 10:00 pm

Yeti in a crate.


At April 30, 2008 at 9:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the frequent updates. It's great to follow this adventure from afar!
- an Ithaca fan

At May 1, 2008 at 1:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck... I'm keeping my fingers crossed for great GPS data!



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