Category Archives: Weather Balloon

“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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Telnet Flight

This was a fun flight to provide a remote serial terminal on a Pi, between ground and a high-altitude balloon, using a bi-directional radio link. LoRa Possibilities Most high altitude balloon flights use a simple unidirectional data stream from the … Continue reading

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Pi LoRa 868MHz Flight

This was a simple flight, partly to try out a fisheye camera for the Pi Zero, partly to try streaming the launch to YouTube from a new camcorder, and partly to get a launch in while the weather is good … Continue reading

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SSDV Uplink

My PITS software and LoRa Gateway software both allow for uplinks from ground to HAB; in this post I’m going to cover how to use the facility to fill in missing image packets. Although LoRa has a very good range … Continue reading

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Pi Zero AA Powerbank

If you’ve made or want to make a lightweight Pi Zero HAB tracker using my guide, then you’ll need to sort out power for the thing (this is something that we do for you in the PITS Zero product). Many … Continue reading

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Web Dashboards

When following a flight – whether it’s your own or someone else’s – there are some great online tools to see what’s going on.  The main one of course is the map, but there are also pages for showing live … Continue reading

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Pi In The Sky Photography

I’ve had a few emails asking how to get camera images off of the PITS SD card, and have seen flights appear on the live image page with poorly configured image settings, so I’m going to cover both of these … Continue reading

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YouTube Streaming From a DSLR

One of the nice things about high altitude ballooning in the UK and Europe is the community spirit and help that launchers get from others who will receive and upload the launcher’s balloon transmissions, and freely offer advice during the … Continue reading

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DIY Lightweight Pi Tracker with SSDV

A few months back, Raspberry Pi brought out a very very nice little case for the Pi Zero, including 3 different front plates one of which accepts the Sony Pi camera.  After several minutes measuring the internal dimensions, I reckoned … Continue reading

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