iOnTheSky Generation 2 prototype system iOnTheSky

Project Description

Hunter Geophysics is developing the second-generation of its iOnTheSky aurora-monitoring camera system.

This page explains the various steps that need to be achieved towards this goal.

Documents

Project Progress

30%

Overall Project Completion

  • Integration of the 360-degree camera and various sensors

    Writing software for controlling the Ricoh Theta V spherical camera and other sensors.

    20%
  • Casing

    Designing and manufacturing bespoke enclosures for the electronics and sensors.

    60%

30%

  • 40%

    Heat and power management systems

    Writing software for handling power and heating/cooling.

  • 80%

    Installation and testing of prototype

    The prototype system will be installed in Inverloch, coastal Victoria, and will be left to operate autonomously for at least six months. This will allow me to figure out what problems may occur and fix them before deployment of the entire Gen2 network.

20%

Integration of the 360-degree camera and various sensors

Writing software for controlling the Ricoh Theta V spherical camera and other sensors.

40%

Heat and power management systems

Writing software for handling power and heating/cooling.

60%

Casing

Designing and manufacturing bespoke enclosures for the electronics and sensors.

80%

Installation and testing of prototype

The prototype system will be installed in Inverloch, coastal Victoria, and will be left to operate autonomously for at least six months. This will allow me to figure out what problems may occur and fix them before deployment of the entire Gen2 network.

1. Camera and sensor integration Complete 63%

63%
Description
Writing software for controlling the Ricoh Theta V spherical camera and other sensors.

1 of 5 completed Tasks

  • Write code to control the camera itself
  • Write code to control sensors
  • Physical integration of the electronics
  • Fix annoying issue wherein the camera turns itself off after a month of operation, requiring manually unplugging of camera to make camera turn back on again >:(
  • Selection of appropriate controlling computer hardware

2. Heat and power management Complete 29%

29%
Description
Writing software for handling power and heating/cooling.

0 of 4 completed Tasks

  • Integration of heating electronics
  • Integration of cooling and dehumidifier electronics
  • Integration of solar panels and battery
  • Write code for power management

3. Enclosure design Complete 25%

25%
Description
Designing and manufacturing bespoke enclosures for the electronics and sensors.

0 of 9 completed Tasks

  • Determine any special needs for certain sensors (e.g. placement of magnetometer and thermometer)
  • Design self-levelling camera/gimbal mount
  • Design housing for controlling computer
  • Design housing for internal sensors, steamed ham enclosure
  • Design housing for external sensors
  • Manufacture all parts
  • Assemble entire enclosure with all electronics and steamed hams
  • Testing the system's ability to maintain ideal internal temperature and humidity, along with its ability to remove dew from camera dome
  • Reticulate splines

4. Installation and testing of prototype Complete 2%

2%
Description
The prototype system will be installed in Inverloch, coastal Victoria, and will be left to operate autonomously for at least six months. This will allow me to figure out what problems may occur and fix them before deployment of the entire Gen2 network.

0 of 12 completed Tasks

  • Hire Mariachi band
  • Install system at Inverloch
  • First light
  • Ensure system can handle cold Winter environment
  • Ensure system can handle hot Summer environment
  • Ensure system is sealed from rainwater incursion and can dissipate water on outside of camera dome
  • Ensure system can generate enough power and operate 24/7 for six months
  • Ensure camera dome is clean enough for auroral imaging over a six-month period
  • Decommission Inverloch prototype, inspect it to see where weaknesses may be, improve design to deal with weaknesses.
  • Collect underpants
  • ????
  • Profit! (Well, actually, spend a lot of money building out the Gen2 network, but hopefully you get the joke)

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