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Raspberry Crusoe: how a Pi got lost at sea @Raspberry_Pi #PiDay #RaspberryPi

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Wonderful story of Dave Hartley and his students from Portslade Aldridge Community Academy and their High Altitude Balloon from RaspberryPi.org.

Some of you may be familiar with Raspberry Pi being used as the flight computer, or tracker, of high-altitude balloon (HAB) payloads. For those who aren’t, high-altitude ballooning is a relatively simple activity (at least in principle) where a tracker is attached to a large weather balloon which is then released into the atmosphere. While the HAB ascends, the tracker takes pictures and data readings the whole time. Eventually (around 30km up) the balloon bursts, leaving the payload free to descend and be recovered. For a better explanation, I’m handing over to the students of UTC Oxfordshire:

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