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Posted by: Monroe - Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:42 pm
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Post Re: Team Prometheus   Posted on: Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:47 am
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Post Re: Team Prometheus   Posted on: Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:08 pm
Here is the donor vehicle we are working on.


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Post Re: Team Prometheus   Posted on: Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:30 pm
We made a lot of progress this morning ripping the gut's out of the RV. About half removed, the whole interior will be remodeled and some repairs made for water damage. We need to finish out this RV for mission control by the end of January!

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Post Re: Team Prometheus   Posted on: Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:19 am
Hey Monroe and team,
Could you explain more about the control system? What role does it play for the X11 launch? What are some noticeable facts about the procedures used in control systems? How many real time avionics is there to consider? Making the control system mobile seems to require many steps. Is there any important factors to consider when comparing a mobile to stationary control system?


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Post Re: Team Prometheus   Posted on: Sat Jan 04, 2014 3:01 pm
Michael, the ground control is the most important part of any mission if you where to ask me. That's why we have been working so hard to do it better than anyone else does.
Having live telemetry and video for us is more important than anything else. What's great is we can control our missions and know exactly whats going on and it gives us the capability to do things like monitor 130 different parameters live in flight. Control 25 different functions manually if we so desire and even change firmware in flight if necessary. We can remotely abort any mission at anytime we choose and we can see whats going on at any time with 5 different cameras. One of those 5 cameras can be remote controlled in 3 axis.
From the ground we can actually see the payload at great distance with our optical tracker and further track it with our antennas using the GPS data from the telemetry link.
Our mission control can be run remotely over the internet from anywhere in the world and we can now hand off control to other tracking stations if necessary.
I've also been working out how to get our missions live to the internet over the past 2 years in a way everyone else can see whats really going on at Team Prometheus during the missions LIVE!

So yeah I'd have to say mission control is the single most important factor in any mission we do. The transition to mobile is necessary to allow us to take advantage of any launch location we choose and to allow hand offs to other mobile stations to improve our range if necessary.

Once we have a second mobile station we can actually practice handing off satellites that are on orbit! Anyway you get the idea. This is why it has taken Team Prometheus so long to get this far. We have been planning a complete space program. Not one doomed to fail because there is no infrastructure to support one.

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Post Re: Team Prometheus   Posted on: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:33 pm
I also want to point out there are some missions that have already been done that are doomed to fail because there is no infrastructure in place to support them.
Say for instance you launch a cubesat. Finding a beacon is indeed possible but any kind of data transfer is really out of the question without ground stations to transmit and receive the data correct?

Why would you launch a cubesat into orbit making clams you can communicate with it when you obviously cant? This has actually been done more than once.

There are people making money selling things they cant possibly provide without this type of infrastructure.

Can you imagine the cost of having someone else doing your communications with an orbiting satellite?

Can LEO communications be done with low power at any usable bandwidth without tracking and a network of ground stations? Of course not!

We hope to bring a whole new era of exploration to many more people by providing the infrastructure needed to do just that. At a level affordable enough that anyone that really wants to can do it.

It is possible to create a network run by amateurs that can achieve this. For high altitude balloons, amateur rockets and even satellites.

Our ground control is the alpha station for this network. Our station can be tied into and become a vast network of stations for achieving that goal.

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Post Re: Team Prometheus   Posted on: Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:03 pm
Great meeting saturday night on Teamspeak! Great turnout!
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Post Re: Team Prometheus   Posted on: Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:11 pm
Indeed the meeting went well! More of an engineering meeting so Wednesday we are having a business meeting. Thanks for the great turn out guys! I think it's great we can semi split our meetings for Engineering and Business.

It's cold in Texas today! 16 degrees F so Stew and I are doing indoor work today! I'm glad it wont stay cold here. We have a lot of work to do on mission control to finish it before the end of January.

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Post Re: Team Prometheus   Posted on: Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:44 pm
SpaceX Launch coming up coverage starts in 45 min.

http://new.livestream.com/spacex/Thaicom6

Just in case any of you want to watch it!

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Post Re: Team Prometheus   Posted on: Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:12 pm
Wow Huge rocket!


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Post Re: Team Prometheus   Posted on: Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:20 pm
Nice to see SpaceX having success. 12 years work for them.

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Post Re: Team Prometheus   Posted on: Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:22 pm
Monroe and Stew finished ripping out the old interior of the camper today that is going to be the mobile mission control.


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Post Re: Team Prometheus   Posted on: Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:27 pm
Well, yes we removed the interior but now comes the hard part removing the paneling and fix all the water damage. Then the fun part starts rebuilding the interior. We are going to replace the siding on it as well so it looks updated inside and out.

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Post Re: Team Prometheus   Posted on: Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:48 am
If there is a lot of water damage then what are the challenges to fixing it?


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Post Re: Team Prometheus   Posted on: Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:09 am
It's really not all that hard. Under the paneling it's just a frame of wood. You look for black mold and where you find it you replace that part of the frame. There really is not much to it once you do that. Getting the old shelving out is more of a chore. You have to do that because if you notice they build the interior on top of the paneling, meaning everything has to come out to get to it.

We are completely redesigning the interior so it's really no problem. If we where going to try and put back in what came out that would be a good deal harder because you would want to save all that stuff and pulling nail by nail would really be a chore.

The new interior will be solid white so it will be a stark contrast between before and after :) We may go with black for the console area so it will be pretty contrasty inside being black and white.

It will be fully rewired with cat5 and power outlets and the outside will bristle with antennas and at least one dish.

The tracker mounts on top but is removable for travel.

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