Author Archives: dave

Web Dashboards

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

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Pi In The Sky Photography

I’ve had a few emails asking how to get camera images off of the PITS SD card, and have seen flights appear on the live image page with poorly configured image settings, so I’m going to cover both of these … Continue reading

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YouTube Streaming From a DSLR

One of the nice things about high altitude ballooning in the UK and Europe is the community spirit and help that launchers get from others who will receive and upload the launcher’s balloon transmissions, and freely offer advice during the … Continue reading

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DIY Lightweight Pi Tracker with SSDV

A few months back, Raspberry Pi brought out a very very nice little case for the Pi Zero, including 3 different front plates one of which accepts the Sony Pi camera.  After several minutes measuring the internal dimensions, I reckoned … Continue reading

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Landing Prediction

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was planning to enable my landing prediction code for my next flight.  This code is based on some work that Steve Randall did a few years ago, but using a slightly different … Continue reading

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Strat The Bat’s Big Adventure

I’ve been a high altitude balloonist for about 6 years, but a fan of Jim Steinman’s music since Bat Out Of Hell hit the world in 1977.  The latter has had something of a renaissance lately with the musical version … Continue reading

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HAB with Calling Mode and 3G Streaming

This, my first flight of the season, will test a few new things: LoRa Calling Mode 3G Modem functions: Upload of balloon position to habitat Upload of full-size photographs to a web server Streaming of launch and landing/recovery to Youtube … Continue reading

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BBC Microbit Balloon Tracker

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, and a short gap between projects gave me some time to try. The Microbit is (yet another) educational SBC, sitting somewhere between the Codebug and a Raspberry Pi.  Its processor has … Continue reading

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Quick RTL SDR Comparison

As part of a recent project, I’ve used a few different RTL SDR devices, and was surprised how drifty some of them are, one in particular.  For their intended application – decoding wideband transmissions – this isn’t an issue, but if … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi SSDV with a Compact Camera or SLR

Many HAB flights now use SSDV to transmit images “live” from the balloon down to the ground, using a camera connected to the flight computer, providing an immediacy that is missing when just flying standalone cameras.  Early SSDV flights used … Continue reading

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