The third flight of our tracker this weekend and we were pretty confident that the habduino tracker as well as the Igate and tracking software in our chase car would perform as expected. We were once again flying on-board with our friend Robert Brand from Wotzup and Project Thunderstruck. Launch was from Weethalle in mid Western […]
Our iGate is now mounted in the 4WD. – The laptop has a custom wooden mount which sits on the centre console of the defender – The Kenwood TH-D72A sits in the drinks holder. An antenna mounted on the roof racks provides great reception – A custom mount for the Inverter, Laptop power supply and […]
Our Habduino tacker has been through a lot of testing including tied to the front of the 4WD and driven at 100km/hr. It packaged in a foam container with the GPS antenna and radio antenna attached. This configuration includes string loops for connection to the inline balloon string
When balloons we are tracking are at low attitude on launch and descent the closest iGates can be 100km or more away and we dont get updated from the onboard trackers. To help get accurate positions we have installed APRS iGate software on our laptop and connected to our Kenwood TH-D72A. APRSISCE is developed by […]
We spotted a Google Balloon flying over Sydney. We heard on the radio people reporting a UFO, which we knew would be a rocket casing or a balloon .. it usually is. SO went out the back with binoculars and a telescope and spotted it This was a pic with an iphone through the telescope […]
We have finished the pressure shield in its redundant configuration. It can work in a single standalone or dual redundant mode. Based on Arduino Elevens with custom shield. Uses a timer cutdown as well as air pressure measurements to shutdown the cutdown and “safe” the nichrome cutters.
We have taken delivery of an Arduino based APRS and RTTY tracker called Habduino. The Habduino uses a 10mW UHF transmitter on 434.650Mhz and a 300mW VHF transmitter on 145.175Mhz for APRS. The Habduino was developed by Anthony Stirk. We built a 70cm UHF dipole 1/2 wave antenna and used our existing 2m VHF […]