New telemetry board for high altitude ballooning with the #RaspberryPi

Launching today for pre-orders is Pi in the Sky, a new GPIO plugin board specifically designed for high-altitude ballooning. With Dave Akerman behind the board and the software, this is something to get excited about. Retailing for £100+VAT, the board has the following features:

  • Efficient built-in power regulator providing run time of over 20 hours from 4 AA cells
  • Highly sensitive UBlox GPS receiver approved for altitudes up to 50km
  • Temperature compensated, frequency agile, 434MHz radio transmitter
  • Temperature sensor
  • Battery voltage monitoring
  • Sockets for external i2c devices, analog input, external temperature sensor
  • Allows use of Raspbery Pi camera
  • Mounting holes and spacers for a solid connection to the Pi

A whole open-source software suite is also available from GitHub with the following features:

  • Radio telemetry with GPS and sensor data using UKHAS standard
  • Radio image download using SSDV standard
  • Multi-threaded to maximize use of the radio bandwidth
  • Variable image size according to altitude
  • Stores full-definition images as well as smaller transmitted images
  • Automatically chooses better images for download
  • Configurable via text file in the Windows-visible partition of the SD card
  • Supplied as github repository with instructions, or SD card image

According to Dave’s blog, he is conducting test flights on 4th July and a Pi in the Sky launch on the 5th.

You can read more and pre-order your board from their website.

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