New Balloon Project

Friday April 29, 2016

•  amateur radio •  arduino •  BeaABH •  Carme •  ChaseKBH •  GPS •  high-altitude balloons •  K3JPH •  RF engineering •  space robots • 

I’ve talked about it quite a bit, and even mentioned it here, but the kids and I are planning to build a space robot. We’ve wanted to do this for several years, and have slowly gotten closer to our goal. We began by constructing the “Ground Robot” that is a simple FM beacon described in the link above. Our next goal is to do a tethered balloon flight followed by a free flying balloon flight.

At the same time, I am taking the Internet of Things specialization on Coursera. I decided to make the balloon-based system my capstone project. Also, I am calling the balloon-based system Carme, after the irregular satellite of Jupiter. Since balloon-launched satellites are pretty irregular.

The first requirement for the capstone course is to write a requirements specification document for the project. I’ve kind of exceeded expectations, I think, for this course, but it is a good and solid requirements list. I’ll post the other documents to the Carme Project page as I work through them.

Image by Justin Hamel via Wikimedia Commons.