I thought it time for a quick update and share some things going on with the YouTube channel and MKME Community lately.
The last few months have been extremely busy. A lot has gone on in the “background” and I’m excited to say that the next few months should bring more updates, announcements, new initiates and video development than any time in the history of the MKME community.
Sometime in late Q3/early Q4 2016 you will see this work start to be published. As always, it will involve all community members as often as possible. I truly love where things are headed thanks to all you amazing people out there. Full details will come as I pass through some of the “gates” required to make my plans a reality.
I have also updated the store with new product lines and a new back end interface to Amazon which should make finding project parts and components easier for those interested. Many times people ask for an Amazon parts source as they do not trust eBay- the MKME store fills that gap.
I’m currently travelling on business in Europe and due to some circumstances beyond my control- two weeks of videos cannot be published. Once I return next week the normal schedule will resume.
Huge thanks to my Patreon supporters who make the MKME Lab videos possible. Thanks to your support I have invested in the full Adobe software suite which will enable me to create higher quality content for the channels. The monthly payment for the Adobe Suite would not be possible without the support of people like you.
An exciting new development for the site is that anyone can now submit blog posts they wish to see on the site. Complete the form below with a well written article and you will see it hosted forever on this site.
Accreditation is given to each and every author as well as a link to the URL of their choosing.
Here is the direct link: MKme.org Blog Submission Form
This weeks live show can be viewed here (remember if watching live to go to the YouTube page for live chat function)
Here are all the videos, links and channels mentioned in this weeks show.
Anonymous- #OpISIS- Anons send an ominous warning…
Techcrunch new podcast on Bitcoin state of affairs:
AIRBOYD Channel Video- The Horizon- Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
3D Printing- Free download Nokia 5110 Case:
Cuba’s DIY Inventions from 30 Years of Isolation:
Makeblock (Make Block) Inventor kit:
ExperimentalAirlines Reconstructed Hand- Warning Graphic:
Adam Savage flying the DJI Inspire on Tested:
David Watts Channel Update:
Chris Pine- Making/woodworking channel
Tech/Gaming/DIY channel- thedopesoner930
Comsprepper Mesh Network
TekThing YouTube Channel:
After much agonizing and running constant landing predictions for the last 6 weeks- I have decided to delay the launch of the High Altitude Balloon. Currently the conditions in Goderich Ontario Canada are not suitable for a safe controlled launch, flight and recovery.
This, unfortunately, means we will not be able to partake in the Global Space Balloon Challenge hosted by M.I.T university. Although this was never the primary focus for the mission, it would have been fun to participate.
Much of the recovery area here in Ontario is still covered in spring melt water (and today 2 inches of fresh snow). This makes recovery difficult. As well, the high altitude winds have allowed for only 4 suitable launch days in the last 6 weeks of simulations.
We will simply need to wait a bit longer so we can achieve our goal of a near-space mission with our balloon and payload module. I will update everyone as soon as we have a projected launch window.
Thanks to everyone who has followed along with this project. It has truly been a fun journey and we haven’t even launched yet 🙂
Follow all the build videos here:
High Altitude Balloon Forum can be found here:
Well the DIY space program is indeed coming along. There are so many things to build/engineer that I fear I may indeed run out of time before the scheduled launch day. This isn’t really a problem as we can just delay until all systems are go- but it could be a disappointment.
Recently I tested some hand warmers for the payload heating with great success. I don’t think I should have any trouble protecting the electronics from the -60 Celsius outside out capsule.
GPS tracking is proving to be a real pain. I purchased the Spot-Trace unit as well as I have an Android cell phone for backup text messaging. Neither is currently working as desired and much more testing will be required before I can draw any final conclusions.
Dear Spot GPS- I wish you were open-source so I could effectively troubleshoot you 🙂
On a plus note- the Arduino data logger is working flawlessly and all the other systems are slowly coming together. this will truly be a fun project.
Live tracking has been enabled and tested- the tab on this site will go live shortly before the launch. Anyone will be able to track the Aurora-1 from anywhere in the world. We will try to send out Twitter updates as well with the cell phone GPS coordinates. between the two- we should be able to give live updates for the balloon throughout most of its mission to near-space from Goderich Ontario.