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Contact: dave@daveakerman.com

Partial Eclipse From Afar

Back in December I was approached by the BBC about launching a high altitude weather balloon flight during the forthcoming solar eclipse which was total over the Faroe Islands but approx 85-90% over much of the UK. After some discussion … Continue reading

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Pi Party Presentation

As promised, a link to my presentation yesterday at the Pi Party, plus some useful links (from the presentation) for those wanting to know more: Pi Party Presentation Links: www.ukhas.org.uk Successful Payload Recovery How To Lose Your Flight High Altitude … Continue reading

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High Altitude Ballooning, From The Ground Up (and back again)

High Altitude Ballooning makes for a challenging project that sometimes turns into an engrossing hobby.  Whilst it’s not “rocket science” it does encompass a wide range of fields (sometimes literally) and there’s a lot to learn before you send your first … Continue reading

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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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