[aprssig] Solar Plane: Leg 4: Flight St. Louis - Washington - Friday!

Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) ldeffenb at homeside.to
Fri Jun 14 08:21:03 CDT 2013

SOLAR1 is now an automatically updating APRS object being injected by 
KJ4ERJ-15.  I am gleaning the current location information directly from 
the same source as the map located on http://live.solarimpulse.com/, but 
their telemetry seems to be frozen at 11:45z this morning. 
http://aprs.fi/#!call=a%2FSOLAR1&timerange=3600&tail=3600 shows the 
plane in the same location as their map, with the added feature of the 
RF range circle based on their altitude.

If I have time later today, I hope to add telemetry for station SOLAR1 
to include their Altitude, motor and solar power, battery charge, and 
outside air temp.  aprs.fi's graphs of this data over time should be 
interesting enough that my effort would be worthwhile.  I'd love to 
include airspeed, but I can only do 5 values and the speed is already on 
the map (I'm doing altitude because the air temp and power stuff might 
be interesting to compare with that value).

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32

PS.  If you want to gate this object to your local RF, remember that the 
object (o/) filter wants full 9 character names, so you'll have to use 
SOLAR1*.  Or just gate all packets from KJ4ERJ-15 as it doesn't generate 
many (http://aprs.fi/?c=raw&call=KJ4ERJ-15&limit=25&view=normal)

PPS.  For APRSIS32 Development version users, you can gate this to RF 
with the following sequence:

Control-G and enter a filter of o/SOLAR1* +t/p
Control-I and confirm your intent to make the test filter your 
(non-persistent) IGate filter

Of course, you'll probably also want either b/KJ4ERJ-15 or o/SOLAR1* in 
your Configure / General / Add Filter unless you just want to see the 
object when it otherwise gets into your existing (range) filter(s).

On 6/13/2013 9:57 AM, Robert Bruninga wrote:
> I wont be able to maintain an APRS object this time.  Deep into
> wedding and inlaws.  I also wont be able to see it land at Dulles
> (rehersal dinner)...  SO, hopefully someone will watch the track and
> uplink APRS objects to RF so those out mobile can look up and see the
> plane.  Bob, WB4APR
> ---------------------------------
> Solar Impulse will be taking off from Lambert-St. Louis International
> Airport (MO) for Washington Dulles (VA) tomorrow Friday June 14th
> around 4 AM CDT (UTC-5).  Solar Impulse will do a pit stop at
> Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport (OH) in order to change pilots,
> rest and take-off the following morning with better weather conditions
> on Saturday June 15th around 8 AM EDT (UTC-4) and land in the nation’s
> capital sometime after midnight EDT (UTC-4).
> Follow this flight live streaming and virtual cockpit on our website
> After the Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit.com, our pilots André and
> Bertrand will do a live Hang-Out, from the air and from the ground,
> with Google Science Fair. The Hang-Out will open a couple of hours
> after take-off and will last 30 minutes; the exact time is yet to be
> determined. If you want to join this unique event, click here. The
> Hang-Out will be moderated by Olga Garcia of Google Science Fair. The
> Hang Out will be an international event with Olga moderating from
> Austin (TX), one pilot in St. Louis (MO), one in the air, Gary, the
> technical coordinator from Scotland, and David of Solar Impulse TV
> from Payerne (Switzerland)!
> Please be aware that the flight schedule could change before Friday if
> the Flight Director orders to fly another day or change the itinerary.
>   You can regularly check the Solar Impulse website for the latest news
> concerning the flight or other updates.
> Reaching the capital of the United States is very symbolic. Solar
> Impulse will present its Clean Generation initiative, meant to inspire
> people and incite politicians, policy makers, businessmen and the
> public to adopt clean technologies. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz
> will visit the airplane during the prize giving ceremony by the Solar
> Energy Industry Association for the category Solar Innovator Award
> this coming Monday June 17th while a breakfast will be held on Capitol
> Hill on Wednesday June 19th.
> The Solar Impulse team will organize an Open House, Sunday 16th of
> June, come whenever you want between 1PM and 5 PM! The HB-SIA will be
> at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, free entrance. Get the directions
> here.
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