DIY High Altitude Balloon- Progress ?>

DIY High Altitude Balloon- Progress

Well the DIY space program is indeed coming along.  There are so many things to build/engineer that I fear I may indeed run out of time before the scheduled launch day.  This isn’t really a problem as we can just delay until all systems are go- but it could be a disappointment.

Recently I tested some hand warmers for the payload heating with great success.  I don’t think I should have any trouble protecting the electronics from the -60 Celsius outside out capsule.

Hand warmer infrared review

GPS tracking is proving to be a real pain.  I purchased the Spot-Trace unit as well as I have an Android cell phone for backup text messaging.  Neither is currently working as desired and much more testing will be required before I can draw any final conclusions.

Dear Spot GPS- I wish you were open-source so I could effectively troubleshoot you :)

 

On a plus note- the Arduino data logger is working flawlessly and all the other systems are slowly coming together.  this will truly be a fun project.

Live tracking has been enabled and tested- the tab on this site will go live shortly before the launch.  Anyone will be able to track the Aurora-1 from anywhere in the world.  We will try to send out Twitter updates as well with the cell phone GPS coordinates.  between the two- we should be able to give live updates for the balloon throughout most of its mission to near-space from Goderich Ontario.

Truly exciting!

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