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.
From the launch site:
From the chase car:
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.
the latter has a Superman logo for the Kalel payload which is transmitting on 434.420MHZ
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.
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.
In our machine room members have access to laser cutters, CNC machine, vinyl cutter and multiple 3D printers.
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!
We have had a good few spendy problems with our laser cutter over the past few months and it’s one of our most heavily used tools. We need to build up a bit of a kitty to make sure we can replace laser tubes (like this) and power supplies (like we had to recently) as well as mirrors and other consumables.
Step up Andrew Jacobs who built a PIC based monitoring solution, it monitors a pull up on the laser cutter PCB which pulls 8ve when the laser is firing. Andrews design monitors this and keeps a log in the eprom whilst displaying the session usage and overall usage so that members know how much to put in the pot after using the machine.
Simon Green designed and made the case which looks particularly good
The next stage will be to tie the system up to our member RFID cards so we can manage the tabs!
Andrew Jacobs has been re-purposing a LED display board from an arcade machine for the hackspace. He built a new controller board for it late last year and spent sometime over Christmas writing some firmware to control it. This video shows the current state of play.
In the final version the small characters at the start will scroll in from the top and bottom of the display rather than sideways. He also need to make the characters proportional.
This weekend we ran our first micro electronics course based on the popular Arduino learning platform and we were very well subscribed. We had some great kit to demo on the day and during the session guests managed to work out how to:
On top of that the attendees made:
I’m pretty sure everyone had a fab day and we’ve now accumulated some great kit and we hope to have a follow up programming course too soon.
Some super fun robot stuff going on at the rLab Robot Workshop today, we’ve had a morning of demos and now parts of the group are working on computer vision, controlling robot arms, micro electronics, Pi camera pan and tilts and other paraphernalia it’s been a busy fun and productive day.
This Terminator head was made by hand using a couple of different methods including lost foam casting with aluminum and was a real treat to see in person!
On Saturday 21st September after months of planning and support we finally pulled the day off, about 30 Hackers turned up and I think we achieved some 3 months work in a single day! We’ll have a more official update soon but here’s some pics to get started!
Huge thanks to everyone involved and for making it a great day!
Andrew Jacobs shared:
Started work on a PIC 18F based emulation of the HP16C programmers #calculator using components I have lying around the house.
Here’s the schematic.