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I sometimes receive emails asking which HAB tracker is best to buy, so here I will compare the ones I have direct knowledge of. First though, if you have or want to have the ability to build and code your own … Continue reading
NASA have given us many iconic photographs, such as “EarthRise” and “Man On The Moon“, but there’s one which is more easily replicated if you’re not NASA or Elon Musk, and that is the image of Bruce McCandless floating freely … Continue reading
My next flight is planned for this coming Wednesday, 7th February, to commemorate the first untethered spacewalk by Bruce McCandless on the same day in 1984, by trying to recreate the classic image: There will be a total of 3 … Continue reading
This is to commemorate the very first untethered spacewalk by Bruce McCandless on 7th February 1984, as part of Space Shuttle mission STS-41B, when he used an MMU (Mobile Maneuvering Unit) to fly up to 300′ away from the Challenger … Continue reading
This was a fun flight to provide a remote serial terminal on a Pi, between ground and a high-altitude balloon, using a bi-directional radio link. LoRa Possibilities Most high altitude balloon flights use a simple unidirectional data stream from the … Continue reading
This was a simple flight, partly to try out a fisheye camera for the Pi Zero, partly to try streaming the launch to YouTube from a new camcorder, and partly to get a launch in while the weather is good … Continue reading
My PITS software and LoRa Gateway software both allow for uplinks from ground to HAB; in this post I’m going to cover how to use the facility to fill in missing image packets. Although LoRa has a very good range … Continue reading
If you’ve made or want to make a lightweight Pi Zero HAB tracker using my guide, then you’ll need to sort out power for the thing (this is something that we do for you in the PITS Zero product). Many … Continue reading
When following a flight – whether it’s your own or someone else’s – there are some great online tools to see what’s going on. The main one of course is the map, but there are also pages for showing live … Continue reading