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It can sometimes be tricky to find a payload even if you know the co-ordinates – if it’s landed in dense vegetation or high in a tree for example, and of course there are some rare circumstances where you won’t … Continue reading
For this flight I joined forces with Steve Randall – one of the earliest HAB hobbyists in the UK, and the most prolific launcher; between us we’ve flown well over 200 weather balloons. But experience doesn’t mean that things always … Continue reading
Chasing balloons is often the best part of the entire process, but can be challenging if you don’t have the right kit, or it isn’t accessible. It’s particularly difficult if, as with many of my flights, you’re chasing alone; a … Continue reading
Although the current Pi In The Sky boards include an FM transmitter for use with RTTY, there are some reasons for wanting to transmit RTTY through a LoRa module: You can use 1 aerial for RTTY and LoRa, instead of … Continue reading
This is an update of a previous post, but post-flight (so I know that it works!) and with instructions on how to make your own tracker, and your own gateway to upload to the live HAB map. Introduction GSM-based trackers … Continue reading
GSM-based trackers are quite rightly frowned upon for HAB tracking, mainly because they only work at low altitudes (within range of a mobile phone tower, which aim the signal generally downwards). So they don’t provide tracking throughout a flight, which … Continue reading
Tidying my office a few days ago, I came across some car reversing monitors that I used to use as cheap Pi displays for use in the chase car, to show the distance and direction to the payload; these days … Continue reading
I sometimes receive emails asking which HAB tracker is best to buy, so here I will compare the ones I have direct knowledge of. First though, if you have or want to have the ability to build and code your own … Continue reading
NASA have given us many iconic photographs, such as “EarthRise” and “Man On The Moon“, but there’s one which is more easily replicated if you’re not NASA or Elon Musk, and that is the image of Bruce McCandless floating freely … Continue reading