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SSTP Experimental Balloon Launch

Jul 29 2011 11:30 am
Jul 29 2011 1:00 pm
America/New York

Posted on behalf of Richard Brooks.

The program that I'm working with is SSTP. In this program the kids do research with the professors and also get to pick a sub-topic of interest. I'm part of the Small Satellite group. There are 13 kids that chose this topic this year.

I've got a github repo for the code that we're going to be running on the flight available here:

Anyone is free to fork the project, work on some code, and issue a pull request. We've got an Arduino with a bunch of sensors that we're sending up.

The balloon launch is scheduled for Friday around noon. Before then we have two more meetings with the kids (Tues/Thurs 6:15-7:45pm in the New Engineering Building on UF's campus). Tuesdays meeting should involve assembly of the payload and Thursdays meeting should be final testing. The project lead in my group has been pretty friendly to having interested guests attend the meetings.

The cool thing I've learned is that if you wanted to do this yourself it can be done for under $100 (esp. if you already have some hardware). The phone we're sending up I was able to snag on Craigslist for $20.

Contact Richard at for more information.