I’ve been looking for a Raspberry Pi project to get my teeth into and, after a flash of inspiration whilst planning our Scouts programme for the year, have finally found the perfect project.
The Final Frontier
Space has always held a fascination with me, and it’s now possible to launch, track and recover a payload, with GPS tracking, real-time video and telemetry on a modest budget, certainly one our Scout group can afford.
The kit can now be more-or-less purchased off the shelf now, with a plug-in board for the Raspberry Pi that handles GPS, radio telemetry and power regulation and a Raspberry Pi camera board can be added for video.
The radio telemetry can be received using a USB digital TV dongle, and the software is open source, or at least free to use.
The key component, weather balloons, are readily available on the Internet, along with a wealth of information from other groups that have already done this.
The Pi is the Limit
There are so many ways I can get our Scouts involved in this; project planning, map reading, electronics, software, fundraising, public relations, blogging… The list is almost endless.
I’ll be blogging the project from here, and will hopefully have some more news in a couple of weeks.
In the meantime, keep watching the skies!