Whilst I have been busy over the past few weeks with University work, work has continued with various bits & pieces. A brief summary below:
The response so far has been very positive – many schools have been in touch and expressed an interest in sending experiments up to near space on board the HABE Lab, especially primary schools. Hopefully this will inspire the young children to think differently and dream big! I am still looking for more people to get involved so if you’re interested, or know someone who would be interested please register interest here.
I’m in the process of building the system that will allow people to book slots on the first mission. I hope to have this completed asap; those who have registered interest will receive an email when the system goes live. You’ll be able to specify location preference (inside and insulated or outside and exposed) for each experiment. Keep an eye on my twitter: @adamcudworth for more updates about this…
HABE Flight Computer v2.0
After many stressful hours using Eagle (CAD software for designing PCBs) I have finally completed the next major version of the flight computer! Almost everything is different about this version compared to my last version – everything has shrunk in size: smaller resistors, smaller GPS module, smaller radio module which is capable of uplink too (with some work), smaller microprocessor… The end result is a flight computer/tracker that is just 3×3.5cm – a tiny bit bigger than a 10p coin. I would like to say a big thanks to Anthony Stirk for helping me out with various aspects along the way.
This new board will replace the old 5x5cm board (seems big and bulky in comparison!) for use on future flights including the HABE Lab and HABE Glider, forming the main track and control mechanism for the flight. One of the most exciting features is the new radio module; being a transceiver it supports receiving as well as transmitting. Using powerful uplink radios on the ground it should be possible to send commands to the balloon in flight – a major improvement.
The final PCB design is below (yes, it was a nightmare to route the various tracks – it is all done manually). I will upload some photos when the manufactured board arrives.