This summer at Washington College, the Summer Research Program‘s Computer Science Project is to design, build, and launch a weather balloon. The objective of this is to learn about and use electronics, microcontrollers, computers and networks to design a payload whose telemetry can be accessed on as many platforms as possible in as close to real time as possible. We also want our collected data to be of use to the meteorological community.
We want our payload to transmit and record altitude, GPS location, barometric pressure, temperature, humidity, and 1080p h.264 video. We intend to use Amateur Radio (APRS & ATV), Arduino microcontrollers, Raspberry Pi single board computers, a virtualized Linux server, current and bleeding-edge web development standards, and mobile development environments.
We will be using 20′ burst diameter, hydrogen-filled latex balloon to lift our payload in excess of 100,000 feet.
This blog is a public news feed for those interested in our progress. More details are avaliable on our wiki, which we use to document what we’ve learned and done so far. It isn’t very polished, but it will be after our first launch.