Category Archives: Weather Balloon

Double Trouble

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

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The Compleat Chase Car

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

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RTTY Through LoRa Module

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

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Making a Pi Zero GSM/GPS HAB Backup Tracker

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

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Pi Zero GPS/GSM Tracker and Habitat Gateway

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

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Pi Zero W Streaming Dashcam

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

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How To Choose A Tracker

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

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I’ve Got No Strings

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

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“Untethered” Spacewalk Flight

My next flight is planned for this coming Wednesday, 7th February, to commemorate the first untethered spacewalk by Bruce McCandless on the same day in 1984, by trying to recreate the classic image: There will be a total of 3 … Continue reading

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Bruce McCandless Spacewalk Commemoration

This is to commemorate the very first untethered spacewalk by Bruce McCandless on 7th February 1984, as part of Space Shuttle mission STS-41B, when he used an MMU (Mobile Maneuvering Unit) to fly up to 300′ away from the Challenger … Continue reading

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