Category Archives: Weather Balloon

LoRa Handheld Receiver

One of the nice things about the LoRa devices is that they do all the modulation and demodulation internally.  So whereas a traditional RTTY balloon tracker needs a PC at the receiving end (or a high end mobile phone or … Continue reading

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Superman Test Flight

This Saturday (13th September) I’ll be helping RS Components and Reading Hackspace to launch Superman into near space where he will jump down in the footsteps of Felix Baumgartner and (more famously) Babbage Bear, parachuting safely down to Earth.  Full details … Continue reading

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Fore! Payloads!

Yesterday I put up a fairly involved flight with 3 trackers using 2 new tracking systems, plus a reliable old tracker to make sure I got the payloads back! One of the new trackers was a “UKHASNet” node, sent up as a … Continue reading

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Pi In The Sky Telemetry Board Released

High Altitude Ballooning is an increasingly popular hobby (I nearly said that interest has been “ballooning”, but fortunately I stopped myself just in time …), bringing what is termed “near space” within the reach of pretty much anyone who is … Continue reading

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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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