Category Archives: Weather Balloon

Paper Plane, Battery Drain And Then Ukraine

This was a pretty successful flight though it didn’t quite go to plan! It was a joint project with Anthony Stirk who has written it up here. The aim was to drop a paper plane over the North Sea, with … Continue reading

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Pi To Poland

Tomorrow (Saturday 28th December) I will be joined by Anthony Stirk to launch a Raspberry Pi “floater” which is expected to fly over the continent, over Holland, Germany and Poland, and probably beyond. The high-altitude winds this time of year … Continue reading

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Driving a scrolling LED badge from a Raspberry Pi

For a while I’ve wanted to build a “Flight Readiness” unit that I can have near me when filling a balloon, and will show me if the tracker is running OK or if there’s a problem with the tracker or … Continue reading

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HAB-o-Cam – Raspberry Pi Video Streaming to batc.tv

I usually run a video stream from my launches, using webcam attached to a laptop or more recently with my Chase Car Pi, so that people following the flight can see what’s going on. Following a suggestion by Anthony Stirk, … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi & Pint Talk

Last night I went into London to meet up with other Pi enthusiasts over a pint, and to do a talk about my Pi-based weather balloon activities. Thanks to Andy and Matt for organising it and inviting me! Here’s a … Continue reading

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Update – Chase Car Raspberry Pi with GPS, Video Streaming

Following my previous post, I’ve now packaged up my Pi Chase Car system, using the new Raspberry Pi GPS Board from HAB Supplies. The original GPS receiver, purchased on ebay, just wasn’t up to the task of getting a good … Continue reading

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Chase Car Raspberry Pi Computer

Chasing balloons across the country is one of the best, and probably the most exciting, parts of high altitude ballooning, using a car kitted out with aerials, radios and at least one computer to decode the radio transmissions from the … Continue reading

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LOHAN Test Flight

I and the rest of The Register’s LOHAN team will be doing a test flight this Monday about 2pm local time. There will be a total of 4 trackers, one sending SSDV images, plus a batc video stream from the … Continue reading

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Bear-Bones Computer Beats Red Bull Stratos

I’m delighted to report that, on the second attempt, Babbage the Bionic Bear was successfully dropped from just over 39,000 metres, with a video of the “jump” taken by the capsule camera, and with both payloads recovered. So all of … Continue reading

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Babbage Flight

Babbage will be launched this Saturday morning between 10:30am and 11am, from Berkshire. Landing prediction is SW of Newbury. The flight is a single balloon with 2 payloads, each one transmitting SSDV (images) and telemetry. The main payload is called … Continue reading

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