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Cloud2 – Lost At Sea

The day started well, with a bright moon shining through and between the broken clouds. Not the last broken cloud of the day! That’s Jupiter below and to the right of the moon. When everyone arrived, we set off to … Continue reading

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Cloud2

Cloud2 is my second attempt at a photographic flight. Basically, it’s similar to my first flight but with smaller and lighter GPS receiver, GPS antenna and flight computer. The container is much more compact than before, and is designed for … Continue reading

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Buzz1 is Ready

With the software all written and tested, it was time to package the electronics into Buzz’s spaceship. That involved unsoldering all the wires then connecting everything up again using measured lengths of fine wire. Here’s the tiny flight computer: I … Continue reading

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Buzz – To 40km and beyond!

Well, that’s the plan! The aim with my first balloon launch was to take photographs from around 29km (100,000 feet); this one will be to get as high as possible. The UK record was till a few weeks ago set … Continue reading

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Ready To Launch …

An update is well overdue, so here it is … I needed a suitable radio receiver both to test that my radio transmitter was working OK, and to track the balloon during the flight.  After a couple of abortive purchases … Continue reading

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Name That Tune

Next job was to get the transmitter running and prove it was transmitting correctly by hooking up a receiver to decode the radio signal.  The program waggles a single output pin which is then reduced in amplitude and offset a … Continue reading

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Feeling The Heat

I now have the temperature sensors connected to the flight computer, and all the software written to poll them, send the data to the attached PC, and display it there.  Same goes for the various battery voltages which I want … Continue reading

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The Big Cell

For still pictures I’ll be using my Canon IXUS 50, a tiny camera that takes excellent photos and weighs a fairly low 135g.  However a test a couple of weeks ago showed that it only manages about 600-700 shots on … Continue reading

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