Category Archives: Raspberry Pi

One Little Cloud In The Blue Sky

On Saturday I helped with a school launch by Greg Tomlin, who drove here from Coventry with his SKYBLUE payload and a minibus full of excited schoolchildren. It was their first launch, but not Greg’s, as he’d launched twice before … Continue reading

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Driving a scrolling LED badge from a Raspberry Pi

For a while I’ve wanted to build a “Flight Readiness” unit that I can have near me when filling a balloon, and will show me if the tracker is running OK or if there’s a problem with the tracker or … Continue reading

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HAB-o-Cam – Raspberry Pi Video Streaming to batc.tv

I usually run a video stream from my launches, using webcam attached to a laptop or more recently with my Chase Car Pi, so that people following the flight can see what’s going on. Following a suggestion by Anthony Stirk, … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi & Pint Talk

Last night I went into London to meet up with other Pi enthusiasts over a pint, and to do a talk about my Pi-based weather balloon activities. Thanks to Andy and Matt for organising it and inviting me! Here’s a … Continue reading

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Update – Chase Car Raspberry Pi with GPS, Video Streaming

Following my previous post, I’ve now packaged up my Pi Chase Car system, using the new Raspberry Pi GPS Board from HAB Supplies. The original GPS receiver, purchased on ebay, just wasn’t up to the task of getting a good … Continue reading

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Chase Car Raspberry Pi Computer

Chasing balloons across the country is one of the best, and probably the most exciting, parts of high altitude ballooning, using a car kitted out with aerials, radios and at least one computer to decode the radio transmissions from the … Continue reading

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Bear-Bones Computer Beats Red Bull Stratos

I’m delighted to report that, on the second attempt, Babbage the Bionic Bear was successfully dropped from just over 39,000 metres, with a video of the “jump” taken by the capsule camera, and with both payloads recovered. So all of … Continue reading

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How To Follow Babbage’s Flight

This flight is planned for Sunday 11th August, about midday. My flight is a single balloon with 2 payloads, each one transmitting “live” images plus telemetry. Another balloonist Anthony Stirk will launch his own flight, from the same site, shortly … Continue reading

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Bionic Babbage prepares for Ted Bull Stratos Flight

My next flight is an attempt to reproduce Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking skydive as part of the Red Bull Stratos project, albeit on a slightly smaller scale. The flight is due for launch about 10:30am this Saturday morning from Berkshire. Landing … Continue reading

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New Page – Running The Raspberry Pi On Batteries

For Raspberry Pi users, I’ve added a page on running the Pi from batteries.

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