Category Archives: Long-Term Projects

Realtime Superman Pictures!

You can view some real time images from superman here being transmitted at http://ssdv.habhub.org/ you can also follow live tweets on https://twitter.com/RDGhack from Matt at @RDGHack

 

PCB’s

pcbs

We wanted to let a few peps at dirtyboards (our China Hack Camp people) who made the battery boards, SeeedStudio who did the trackers and the PCB in the body of Superman was done by PCBTrain! Thanks :)

 

Todays awesome Superman Launch To Space

superman in space

Following on from our hugely successful rLab telmetry course we are pleased to announce that today is the launch of Superman into space. Originally devised by RS DesignSpark (<-great background on the DesignSpark blog about the project) and Mattell, Richard Ibboston of rLab has developed some tracking boards to track both the capsule and Superman himself as they reach for the stars. David Price helped with the boards and software, with Alex Gibson designing and printing parts for the capsule. The capsule itself was designed and built by Jude Pullen.

You can track his progress by watching Kalel, Lois, OLSEN, LEX and CLARK.

Good luck to all involved! 

 

 

 

Preparing for launch

Had to fix superman – he’s transmitting GSP coords now and being fitted in capsule.
balloon

The ground video available on

From the launch site:

http://www.batc.tv/streams/m0rpi

From the chase car:

http://www.batc.tv/streams/m0rpi_chase

Superman is being sent to space with electronic boards designed at rLab and that’s what you’ll be able to see a live feed from using the details below.

 

If you want to track the progress you can use

http://habitat.habhub.org/mobile-tracker/

or

http://spacenear.us/tracker/

the latter has a Superman logo for the Kalel payload which is transmitting on 434.420MHZ

 

 

High altitude balloon project

Here is  a quick preview of the board we have been working on for our high altitude balloon project. We will talk about this at an up and coming workshop.
The board has a GPS receiver and a 434MHz telemetry transmitter which are good for 40Km high and 500+km  distance. Running from a single AA battery which should be OK for over 20 hours.
It’s a dev. board right now and  a bit big. It uses the ATXmega which offers some significant advantages over the standard Arduino in performance, programming, peripherals and power management.

RLab – Interactive!

Simon Green has put together some amazing interactive shots of our facilities (although they are still a work in process!). Simon backed the Galileo Kickstarter and was after quite a while delivered one of these amazing devices that took the views you can see embedded below.

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Community Room

Here we have our community room, this is where we hang out on Wednesdays and work on projects from software and hardware development. As you can see there is a whole host of electronic scopes, soldering stations, wires, cables, components and desktop PC’s.

Machine room

In our machine room members have access to laser cutters, CNC machine, vinyl cutter and multiple 3D printers.

Downstairs Workshop

Our downstairs workshop with tons of room has equipment for woodwork and metal work with chop saws, a Harrison Lathe, pillar drills, band saws, bench grinders… you name it and it’s probably here – if it’s not post on our mailing list and a member can usually find you it!

Model Engineer Show

RLab and the TVRRUG had a super busy and very successful weekend exhibiting at the Model Engineer Show in Sandown Park. We also had the opportunity to show off our 3d print of St Pancras Train Station which was very well recieved. The event was a great success and we certainly hope to take part next year. Thanks to Malcolm and Ian for organising this event and everyone else who took part.

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