Archive for date: October 6, 2010

On random numbers…

October 6, 2010 | Computer Graphics, Programming Languages, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

While hacking a small program today, I encountered something that I hadn’t seen in a while, so I thought I’d blog it: My random number generator failed me! I was implementing a little test program to generate some random terrain. The idea was pretty simple: initialize a square array to be all zero height. Set […]

Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge

October 6, 2010 | Amateur Satellite | By: Mark VandeWettering

Apparently NASA is sponsoring the development of nanosatellite launch capabilities by sponsoring a two million dollar prize purse for the first team to launch a standard 1U Cubesat into orbit (payloads must complete at least one orbit) twice in a week. NASA – Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge. I found out about this by reading the Team […]

Another nifty balloon project…

October 6, 2010 | Amateur Satellite, Amateur Science | By: Mark VandeWettering

Luke Gesissbuhler did a balloon launch, lofting an HD video camera and an Apple iPhone to lofty heights before recovering them. Very nice. The footage right after burst was kind of cool: I was wondering whether the fragments of the balloon or parachute tangled with the camera: perhaps dangling the camera on a longer tether […]