[Space] Inner Space
dichro at rcpt.to
Sun Feb 21 18:52:06 PST 2010
Most of the projects are fairly open, I think, although I don't know
that there's explicit instructions to follow. It's still mostly
research stage stuff; I don't think there's too many commercial
options yet, so it should still be open to get into. I'll help if you
get into it :)
On Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM, Glen Jarvis <glen at glenjarvis.com> wrote:
> These underwater gliders sound exactly what I was thinking of. And, I kept
> 'chewing' on the idea of how to recharge on long voyages. Of course, I
> didn't think of just resurfacing to recharge via solar cells.
> Is there public domain data already in existence? When I was looking at
> Google Earth under the ocean today, it seemed to me there was a large amount
> of this data that was yet to either be collected and/or to be manipulated in
> a way that is usable.
> Are there open source glider plans already in existence? Is there data that
> is public available in archives - just waiting to be processed? I think just
> mapping the surface of the ocean floor (or parts of it) would be a great
> challenge but very rewarding.
> Sorry to ask so many questions...
> On Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 6:26 PM, Mikolaj Habryn <dichro at rcpt.to> wrote:
>> This is (yet) another thing that I'm very interested in. The new
>> hotness (where "new" is about a decade old) is underwater gliders,
>> which have a mechanical method for changing their buoyancy between
>> very slightly positive to very slightly negative and back, and use
>> aerodynamic (well, hydrodynamic) surfaces to convert this to lateral
>> motion. Recent research projects have crossed oceans - taking months
>> to do so, in fairness, but nonetheless.
>> They usually check in with satellites every few cycles by breaching
>> and also taking the opportunity to recharge batteries via solar cells.
>> I find the whole thing utterly fascinating, but it's substantially
>> harder than balloons (although much easier than orbit).
>> On Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 10:00 AM, Glen Jarvis <glen at glenjarvis.com> wrote:
>> > I was just trying to look on the ocean floor with Google Earth and there
>> > was
>> > so much data missing.. suddenly, I starting thinking about a similar
>> > exploration to inner space vs outer space. I know the method is
>> > completely
>> > different.
>> > Is it even possible to track GPS data, pressure data, etc? If we were to
>> > create an airtight delivery system for a G1 - what do you think the
>> > chances
>> > are for even getting a signal that far under water? Are there techniques
>> > to
>> > boost the signal? How much do these problems parallel problems that may
>> > occur with outer space delivery?
>> > Underwater Robot for tracking, video, self propelling, etc.... even
>> > possible????
>> > I'm curious on opinions from others here..
>> > Cheers,
>> > Glen
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