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HAB Tracker with ADS-B Receiver

This is an idea that has been on my mind for a long while to do, and now with the lockdown I’ve had some time to work on it. ADS-B is used by aircraft to transmit their position to the … Continue reading

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HAB Watch

One of the nice things about LoRa vs traditional radio modulation techniques used by high altitude balloons, is that LoRa chips include decoders.  So whereas RTTY and APRS generally require a PC to decode the signal, LoRa only needs a … Continue reading

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IRC

I’ve had a few emails asking how to post in the HAB IRC (Internet Relay Chat) channels. This used to be easy, but due to some cretin spamming a great many IRC channels last year, both of the UKHAS IRC … Continue reading

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Next Launch

This is planned for Saturday morning, when Steve Randall and I are are launching a single balloon, probably around 8am but ISH applies.  If you can’t manage to get up that early don’t worry it could be a fairly long … Continue reading

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And Return It Safely To Earth …

Those of, cough, my generation, will remember watching with awe as a President’s clear and concise statement of intent was brought to fruition, played out on our monochrome TV sets as grainy, ghostly images accompanied by words that will last … Continue reading

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Apollo 11 HAB Flight

This flight is planned for Tuesday 16th July and will commemorate the launch of Apollo 11 on this day in 1969, 50 years ago. I want to make it special, so the flight will have a few new things all … Continue reading

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GoPro SSDV Flight

Sometime last year I came across a Python library for controlling a GoPro camera, and was interested because this provides a means for a Raspberry Pi to capture photographs from a GoPro during a HAB flight, and then send those … Continue reading

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Pi In The Sky + GoPro

Although the Pi camera is a very good option for live imaging from a Raspberry Pi tracker, it does have its limitations -mainly due to its plastic lens which is a moderate wide angle and not as sharp as some.  … Continue reading

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Mirrorless Camera Flight

I’ve flown a few different types of camera on my HAB flights, starting with Canon compact cameras in my early flights, and Raspberry Pi cameras in many of my more recent flights. GoPro and other “action” cameras are popular, and … Continue reading

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Mission Possible

As balloonists we have a number of general-purpose tools to track a flight, of which the main ones are the live map and live imagery page. Sometimes though it’s nice to have a custom dashboard showing these items, the telemetry … Continue reading

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