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October 20, 2014 AT 4:00 am

Watch Walter White go to space!

Thanks to Carlos for sending in this cool project. It’s awesome to see Adafruit parts going to space!

Last month, we set our sights on the stars. After thousands of votes from Earth-folk like you, Breaking Bad’s Walter White was nominated to be tvtag’s first space ambassador. Over the course of his journey to space, Walt braved speeds of 95 mph (153km/h), temperatures as low as -65F (-54C), and a maximum altitude of 85,000 feet (25,908m). He soared to new heights, carrying along with him the hopes and dreams of TV watchers everywhere.

Long live Heisenberg. Long live TV.

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Featured Adafruit Products!

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Adafruit Ultimate GPS Breakout – 66 channel w/10 Hz updates: We carry a few different GPS modules here in the Adafruit shop, but none that satisfied our every desire – that’s why we designed this little GPS breakout board. We believe this is the Ultimate GPS module, so we named it that. It’s got everything you want and more:

  • -165 dBm sensitivity, 10 Hz updates, 66 channels
  • 5V friendly design and only 20mA current draw
  • Breadboard friendly + two mounting holes
  • RTC battery-compatible
  • Built-in datalogging
  • PPS output on fix
  • We have received reports that it works up to ~32Km altitude (the GPS theoretically does not have a limit until 40Km)
  • Internal patch antenna + u.FL connector for external active antenna
  • Fix status LED

…all for under $40!

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BMP180 Barometric Pressure/Temperature/Altitude Sensor- 5V ready: This precision sensor from Bosch is the best low-cost sensing solution for measuring barometric pressure and temperature. Because pressure changes with altitude you can also use it as an altimeter! The sensor is soldered onto a PCB with a 3.3V regulator, I2C level shifter and pull-up resistors on the I2C pins. Read more.


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