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  • gamerdonkey 2:49 pm on February 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Global Space Balloon Challenge 

    For some time, members have talked about launching a CGW high-altitude balloon, but we never get around to it. In order to light a fire under our collective butt, I have entered us as a team in the Global Space Balloon Challenge.

    There are surprisingly few regulations for us to follow for the challenge. Most importantly, we have to launch our balloon (or balloons) between April 10th and 27th, 2015. That gives us right around two months to prepare. The design and build process will involve work in many different fields, including:

    Mechanical Design of the capsule to survive the harsh environment of near-space and of a return mechanism to keep everything together during ground/capsule interaction.

    Electronics for the tracking system, photography, and any scientific experiments we want to send to the edge of the atmosphere.

    Lighter-Than-Air Aeronautics that will let us use helium or hydrogen to send our balloon into the sky.

    Weather Analysis and Prediction to make sure that we launch at a safe time and have some idea where our capsule is going to end up.

    If that sounds like fun to you, sign up on the CGW DragonTwo team page. We will have an introductory/strategy meeting on Tuesday, February 10th at 7:00pm in the hackerspace. Afterwards, the GSBC team will have weekly build meetings on Tuesdays at 7:00pm, with weekend build meetings if appropriate.

  • gamerdonkey 12:48 am on November 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    FIRST Robotics Team Visit 


    At a recent Open Hack Night, we got a visit from Columbia’s FIRST Robotics Team 3792, aka Army Ants Robotics. This high school team, made up of students from across the area, builds and operates robots for the St. Louis Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. They were kind enough to let us poke and prod at last year’s entry and even gave us a demonstration of their ability. The 2015 competition is coming up fast, so if you are interested in robotics and are in the proper age range, be sure you check out their web site and get in contact with the Army Ants.

  • gamerdonkey 11:35 pm on October 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    2014 CGW Activity Survey 

    We want data!
    From you!
    For you!

    In order for us to make informed choices about what events to host, we need you to fill out the survey below so we will know what you want.

    You do not have to be a paying member to fill out this survey. If you have any interest at all in hacking with us, I implore you to submit a response. The results are completely anonymous, you won’t have to log into anything, and the 5 questions should take you less than 5 minutes to complete.

    Please feel free to forward this link to anyone that might enjoy our unique style of hackery.

  • Luc G 8:48 am on January 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bahamas, FPV, Tricopter   

    This is the first aerial footage from my tricopter that I recently took to the Bahamas.

  • columbiagadgetworks 9:56 pm on November 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Wiki   

    CGW Wiki 

    We’ve rolled out a new wiki. It can be found by clicking the the “Wiki” link in the navigation bar. The wiki is new and needs and be filled. Please contact an officer and start filling it.

    If your new to CGW come check out one of our weekly meetings and say hello. Details can be found at the Meetup page.

  • columbiagadgetworks 3:10 pm on May 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    The arc lamp works!! 

  • columbiagadgetworks 2:43 pm on April 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Victory is ours!! 

    CGW just finished first in the second annual float your boat for the food bank. We won with a time of 48 seconds. We also won the Modern Marvel award. The race was a fundraiser for the food bank and you can check out their website here:

    Here’s some event day video of our victory.

    Here are some pictures:

  • griff 2:03 pm on March 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    3D printer Pen 

    Has anyone signed up for a “3Doodler” 3D printing pen? Check out The pen extrudes fast-hardening plastic so you can freehand draw in 3D. It is a kickstarter project.

  • columbiagadgetworks 6:43 pm on March 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    1st Day of the Boat build! 

    Brad D was there too, but he left before we could get any pictures

  • matthewtwo 5:03 pm on February 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Check out a time lapse of the latest build 

    Now that we’re in a space, we found out we need room to put stuff! Here’s an awesome time lapse a couple members put together showing how we’re solving that problem.

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