For the last few months, I've been engaging the Livonia Amateur Radio Club to launch a high altitude balloon project. This weather balloon will be equipped with an electronics payload that provide the following:
- Tracking via GPS. In the Amateur Radio world, this is known as APRS.
- Provide telemetry via a beacon (This is a transmission, that if you can hear it, you let us know via a form on our website). This lets us measure the range of the transmission. APRS does this automatically, but it's also fun for those who don't have APRS equipment.
- Take pictures of a near-space environment. This is what we call "The money shot". Everyone loves these.
- Transmits live video from the payload throughout it's entire journey. This will be have an overlay with the current GPS coordinates as well, to aid with tracking.
- Records sensor data including internal and external temperatures and the effects of temperatures and loads on batteries.