What a day... at work in the morning, then going to work on the Hackerboat all evening. The work stuff is of no interest to anyone who is not intimately involved with operating 747s.
The Hackerboat is fun, however. We're (the members of Hackerbot Labs) modifying an old kayak to be a solar-electric autonomous boat. We tried to put it in the water at Toorcamp, but that was more than a little premature, and it rolled over.
We've made some progress since then, but not as much as I'd like. The revised control boxes are assembled, but still need to be tested. The software is rolling along slowly, and we're finally getting somewhere. The wiring still needs some work, but is much better than it was already. I'm hoping to finish the control system hardware acceptance testing and as much of the wiring as I have parts for by the end of the evening. I've ordered most of the rest of what I need to finish the wiring -- idiot lights, battery brackets, and the like.
There's a bit of work on the structure before we can put the boat back in the water. We need to drill the keel brackets for a more centered keel position and finish fixing the hatches so they stay in place. We also need to build a launching cradle as well. I think this can be a couple of 2x4s covered with grip material. Slide them under the boat fore and aft and four people can carry it into the water.
The shore station and navigation software need some significant work, and we need folks to help out there.
Anyhow, all of the documentation currently lives in the Hackerboat Github repository, including TODO and the shopping list. If it sounds interesting and you'd like to help, join the Hackerbot Labs Meetup group and come to our open hack night tonight.