Category Archives: Weather Balloon

Pi In The Sky Project – Successful Test Flight

This was the third flight of the “Pi In The Sky” board, but the first flight of the new open-source software written specifically for it (previous flights used a modified version of my usual Pi tracker software). The new software … Continue reading

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Pi In The Sky Board Pre-Sale

PRE-SALE NOW OPEN The first batch of boards are in production. We’ve had a lot of interest and have decided to open up the shop for orders. The board is supplied as a kit including: Pi Tracker Board Spacers and … Continue reading

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Pi In The Sky Add-On Board

What you see below is a simple and reliable GPS radio tracker board for the Pi. Together with the supplied, open-source software it embodies the experience of about 40 successful flights, nearly half of which have used the Raspberry Pi. … Continue reading

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St Alban’s School – Successful Flights

To much relief, Alban the school mascot was recovered from a tree in a field in Cheshire. See this write-up in the local Cambridge newspaper. The “floater” flight initially did very well, ascending at the target rate (which is a … Continue reading

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St Alban’s Catholic School Launch

Weather permitting I’lll be doing 2 flights for St Alban’s Catholic School. Members of their Code Club will help with the launch and recovery, whilst others will man Mission Control at the school. The first flight is a “floater”, expected … Continue reading

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Camera Test Flight

This was a flight to test some cameras under the demanding conditions of near space. First, I was sent a prototype of a 360-degree camera which is the subject of a KickStarter campaign. I installed this plus a large external … Continue reading

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Car Tracker – Update

This is a follow-up to an earlier post where I made a car tracker from a Raspberry Pi, GPS and a small TFT display. Since then I have: Replaced the GPS receiver with one using an external antenna Replaced the … Continue reading

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Heston, We Have A Potato

This fun project started with a call from a TV production company who were working on a series for Heston Blumenthal. They’d heard that I fly the Raspberry Pi and wanted to include it in their Pie episode. The idea … Continue reading

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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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