Camera payload construction was completed LATE last night. I need to cover it with duct tape for visibility and added strength. I also need to figure out the mounting points to hang on the payload train. This payload will be accommodating dual 1080 GoPros on one side and a 4K video GoPro and 10 megapixel […]Read more "Camera Payload Construction 90% Complete"
Getting some ‘science’ done this week. Testing GoPros in extreme < 0F temperatures and establishing a baseline for battery and SD card storage performance across 1080 and 4K cameras. The 1080HD camera batteries give out around 3 hours 20 minutes after consuming 38GB of 64GB. The 4K cameras run out of 64GB space after only […]Read more "Super brief update – Camera testing"
On behalf of myself and the Baylor Amateur Radio Club I am happy to report that we have set a date and we are targeting a balloon launch on Saturday November 26th. Some details on APRS tracking and payload/repeater frequencies will be released ahead of time, but the launch location and precise time will be […]Read more "T-14 Days"
Greetings and ‘Good Evening’ to all backers, On behalf of the entire team, I am very sorry for the length of time since the last update. Part of our promise was an attempt to update backers weekly and the latest gap is entirely on me. We got hit with a combination of mid-terms for the […]Read more "A Very Past-due Update"
Hey everyone, here’s another quick update for you! I spent some time yesterday adding in the barometric sensor to the shield, refining and testing the code, and then doing a data collection test by driving around for an hour. At the current point in time, I feel that I can call this “Milestone 1”. So […]Read more "Data Collection Milestone 1"
Hey everyone! I’ve been working very hard to get the ball rolling on the data acquisition payload of the balloon. I’ve made some good progress, and I’m very excited to share it with y’all! Data Acquisition Overview I wanted to start this update with a high level overview of what the payload will look like. […]Read more "Data Acquisition Overview and Progress"
A quick post with lots of pictures. If you backed the previous Starduster project, you may already know this. One way we track the balloon and payload is using a GPS tracking device. This particular piece has lots of positives and just a few negatives. For one, it’s SIMPLE to use. We turn it on, […]Read more "Payload Tracking – Radio or Satellite? Both!"