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Danes In Space!

Copenhagen Suborbitals HEATSoon a group of volunteers from Denmark will be pushing the boundaries for human endeavor. Well, humans that live in Denmark and are not affiliated with a major aerospace concern. These adventitious will be launching a test rocket as part of their attempt to put a man into space. The launch is to occur in the Baltic Sea on August 31th and is all goes well will reach 150,000 feet.

from their website: “This is a non-profit suborbital space endeavor, based entirely on sponsors and volunteers.
Our mission is to launch a human being into space.  We are working fulltime to develop a series of suborbital space vehicles – designed to pave the way for manned space flight on a micro size spacecraft.  Two rocket vehicles are under development. A small unmanned sounding rocket, named Hybrid Atmospheric Test Vehicle or HATV and a larger booster rocket named Hybrid Exo Atmospheric Transporter or HEAT, designed to carry a micro spacecraft into a suborbital trajectory in space.”

I hope all goes well for them. If they are successful they will be the first organization to enter the manned spaceflight game entirely without government donations.

[via WIRED]
Copenhagen Suborbitals

Posted: August 23rd, 2010
at 10:38pm by John


Categories: Cool,Design,DIY,General,Mad Science,Science,Space

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Super Cool Steampunk Style Camera Mod


I still think that steampunk is a pretty neat ‘art movement’ so I’ll keep posting clever things when I find them. I ran across this dandy camera mod this evening. It’s a typical digital camera that’s been housed in a very well executed steampunk styled case. Classy! I like the little hatch on the front that lets the lens peep through. Makes me want to build something!
Electro Iconograph.

Posted: August 19th, 2010
at 9:36pm by John


Categories: Artistic,Cool,General,Hacked,Mods,Photography

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DIY 6×17 Panoramic Film Camera

An ongoing project, this homemade 6×17 panoramic camera is not something that will win a beauty contest but the photos it takes are amazing! The body is mostly built out of 2mm aircraft grade aluminum and the lens is a wide Caltar W-II  90mm, something that would normally be on a 4×5 camera. He does a great image comparison between the results from this camera and a Nikon D200 to show the leap in quality. I love pages like this, the inspiration they give make browsing the web well worth it.

diy 6×17 camera

Posted: June 24th, 2010
at 6:04am by John

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LED Wireless Communication Nodes In Our Future?

LED lights could transmit dataSounds like a great idea, this would solve the low (or non existent) wireless data rates that are found in the core of large buildings. Should be inexpensive to implement as well. So when can I get my LightFi lamp and alarm clock combo?

The objective of the initiative is to use visible light for communication between wireless devices and LED-based lighting fixtures. The LED-based scheme could also be used to communicate between automobiles, which are increasingly being equipped with LED lamps. The overall goal is to build new communication capabilities into all LED lights and reduce congestion in current RF bands.

LED lamps could serve as wireless communication nodes

Posted: June 11th, 2010
at 6:08am by John

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Mystery Camera and the Film From Within…

Every once in a while I’ll stumble across a ‘classic’ camera when I visit the local second hand store. I recently picked up a Kodak Duaflex IV that was in pretty bad shape. The faux leather case was hard and cracked, there is rust on anything that could rust and weird corrosion on whatever wasn’t rusty but the lenses looked OK and the shutter moved. I was thinking that this would be a great camera to pull apart for the glass and shutter mechanism. I’ve been doing an on again off again search for simple camera shutters for my own creations, the Kodak looked to be a likely source. I’d rather have a nice Copal or Zeiss shutter from a folding camera but this would do.
How I managed not to open it while I was at the store is beyond me. If I had I would have noticed the exposed roll of vintage 620 format Kodacolor-X that was neatly waiting for someone to process it. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 13th, 2010
at 10:36pm by John

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Mishap With Helium and a Balloon

Had a little drama at the last HeatSync Labs meeting when one of the members was filling up a balloon with helium…

Posted: May 9th, 2010
at 7:47pm by John

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