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High Altitude Weather Balloon #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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Fantastic project from Jonathan Buchanan on hackaday.io:

This project was originally conceived as the most economic way to get a homemade probe to space.

The first version of the balloon has already been launched, although I haven’t finished uploading logs yet.

The second version is still a WIP, but I plan to put that up here as well. The parts list is for the second balloon.

The sensors each probe was equipped with include the following:

  • GPS – latitude, longitude, speed, climb, altitude, time
  • Barometer – pressure, temperature, altitude
  • Horizontal Camera – pictures of the horizon (curvature of the Earth?)
  • Downward Camera – pictures of the receding ground

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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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