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Contact: dave@daveakerman.com

Making a LoRa Gateway

One of the advantages of the LoRa transceivers, when compared to the traditional RTTY modulation used by most High Altitude Balloons, is that it requires very little processing power at the receiver.  So instead of using a PC or a … Continue reading

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Pi In The Sky Board for Pi A+/B+

Here (at last – sorry for the delays) is our new version of our Pi In The Sky Board, designed for the Raspberry Pi models A+ and B+. These new Pi models required a few changes: New smaller form-factor Connector … Continue reading

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Commercial Launches

Videos from some of my commercial launches: Superman (for RS and Mattel)   Space Potato (for Heston Blumenthal, Channel 4)   Dress Stratos (for Wreck My Dress)   BBC Cracking The Code  

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LoRa Uplink with UHF Power Amplifier

It’s sometimes useful to be able to send a message up to a high altitude balloon – for example to command a cut-down if the flight path is not as planned and is likely to result in a lost payload. … Continue reading

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HAB Shops

I’ve had a few emails lately asking where to buy parachutes etc.  I do have links on my links page, but here they are again: HAB Electronics For HAB-rated GPS receivers, radio transmitters, other components or complete trackers: HAB Supplies … Continue reading

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LoRa Handheld Receiver

One of the nice things about the LoRa devices is that they do all the modulation and demodulation internally.  So whereas a traditional RTTY balloon tracker needs a PC at the receiving end (or a high end mobile phone or … Continue reading

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Superman Test Flight

This Saturday (13th September) I’ll be helping RS Components and Reading Hackspace to launch Superman into near space where he will jump down in the footsteps of Felix Baumgartner and (more famously) Babbage Bear, parachuting safely down to Earth.  Full details … Continue reading

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Fore! Payloads!

Yesterday I put up a fairly involved flight with 3 trackers using 2 new tracking systems, plus a reliable old tracker to make sure I got the payloads back! One of the new trackers was a “UKHASNet” node, sent up as a … Continue reading

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Pi In The Sky Telemetry Board Released

High Altitude Ballooning is an increasingly popular hobby (I nearly said that interest has been “ballooning”, but fortunately I stopped myself just in time …), bringing what is termed “near space” within the reach of pretty much anyone who is … Continue reading

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Pi In The Sky Project – Successful Test Flight

This was the third flight of the “Pi In The Sky” board, but the first flight of the new open-source software written specifically for it (previous flights used a modified version of my usual Pi tracker software). The new software … Continue reading

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