[balloon-makers] Matlab/mathematica/etc.

Greg_Winker at Dell.com Greg_Winker at Dell.com
Thu Feb 21 09:14:12 CST 2002


I've never "bent the stick" on any balloons I've ever built.  With stations
every foot or two, you have plenty of data points to generate a pretty
smooth curve.  I think you probably end up adding more noise to the balloon
by not holding your seams exactly at the same width during sewing.

Greg Winker



-----Original Message-----
From: Tim Baggett [mailto:tim at oasis.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2002 11:08 AM
To: balloon-makers at mail.deering.org
Subject: Re: [balloon-makers] Matlab/mathematica/etc.



>Does it matter? Not for building a regular balloon, since we've chosen
a
>quantization level in our spreadsheets to be small enough so as not to
>introduce as much noise into the final system (about a 39dB
>signal-to-noise ratio for Phil's system).

I take that back. On second thought it's actually MUCH MUCH better
performance in building the whole balloon because we "connect the dots"
with a "bent stick" along the gore curve. It isn't a true decimation.
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