Tech specs for the Raspberry Pi Astro Pi HAT released

Dave Honess has posted the technical specs of the Astro Pi HAT which is due to go up to the International Space Station. The Astro Pi project, which invites schools to suggest experiments to be conducted in orbit, will send two Raspberry Pi model B+s up into orbit with the HATs attached. Take a look at the technical specs here, which includes details of the various sensors on-board.

4 comments for “Tech specs for the Raspberry Pi Astro Pi HAT released

  1. Bonzadog
    7 March 2015 at 10:40 am


    I think one board for pupils and one board for hobbyist/
    experimenters would be a lot fairer.

    If it is going into space, then I would like to see the HW designed + constructed by the pupils. Otherwise this is simply just coding using standard libraries. At the most of the code exists in Internet = Science by cut and paste.

    This is a superb opportunity to create experiments
    (i.e. measuring the internal + external Radiation levels, air pressure at different levels,etc ?)
    and ORIGINAL programmes. So much more could be learnt.

    But the Astroboard seems most certainly a good platform to experiment with — pupils or hobbyists. Perhaps a good idea putting the Astroboard on the market


    • recantha
      7 March 2015 at 10:45 am

      From what I understand, it’s taken a lot of effort and a lot of jumping through hoops to get the hardware approved by a lot of people. So, it had to be a standard, controlled hardware build. The initiative is one to get students coding and interfacing with the real world and I think with the AstroPi board they’ll satisfy that aim. It’ll go on sale eventually at around £30-35 in the Swag store, and I think that’s a pretty good price considering all the gubbinses that’s on it.

      • Paul G. Druett
        8 March 2015 at 11:29 am

        Nice reply Mike… lots of youngsters looking up the plural of “gubbins” in the OED. A bit Werzel Gummage that! No matter what it is impressive! How proud will those children be when they can point up at the space station as it whizzes past and with pride can say… “some of our stuff is UP THERE!” Magic.Well done everyone involved.

        • recantha
          8 March 2015 at 12:12 pm


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