The next co-learning session on DIY Orientation Thruster #5 is coming up fast (next Saturday) - we better get going with blogging up on the last one! We are looking forward to working better with you on sharing the lessons more widely - oh yes, there has been some filming going on in DIY Orientation Thruster #4, we're looking forward to video blogging volunteering efforts. We have also been taking feedback in the meantime and have noticed that it "Orientation Thruster" might not be clear, so we have renamed the forward going sessions to "DIY Spacecraft Controls" - it is the same series but hopefully a more self explanatory name. Keep the feedback coming!
Now, so you said, tell me what happened in DIY Spacecraft Controls #4 already. It had a clash of date with Maker Faire which had made it a tough choice for our usual makers, despite of that we had some new faces and new slides - a flying start! As we go on in the series, makers are getting more comfortable coming in and getting going before the presentation, we love seeing that ad-hoc-ness in ways of working. Yes, things in life does not always have a restart or a proper start, why should learning be, go citizens!
We have been gearing up new makers, people who have no programming experience at all, in this sessions. Hats off to Faraz for being a great co-learner (we would strongly recommend that you go to his Arduino nights too) - thank you Faraz. One wonders why he is not yet a professor in Arduino by now! It is amazing to see Lukas too, our GPS expert going from no experience in Arduino/Github to a regular contributor to the code base.
It's not all electronics and software like we have always stressed, if you can name your role, you have it! Great progress on the mechanical harness from design to prototyping on materials has been made by Rich, using the laser cutter at Create Space London:
So what's missing? Some design element perhaps on data visualisation/ simulation/ control interfaces? Is that you?
If you missed the previous one(s), don't miss this class! In fact, class might even sound too formal, see it for yourselves:
PS: bring laptop, tablet, sketchbook, etc whatever helps you to research and learn on your own after co-learners has giving you the tips ;)