The goal of this project is to build a payload using MAVRK motherboard and modules that attached to a helium balloon will travel into near space (about 30km or 19 miles high) gathering data and photography.
The payload will consist of a video camera and a photo camera that will take pictures while the balloon is rising and traveling. Some of those pictures are intended to be wirelessly transmitted back to a ground stations. The wireless link will also transmit telemetry like temperature inside and outside the craft, air pressure, light intensity, and location of the balloon using GPS.
The desired outcome of this project is to collect information on the near space environment, i.e. temperature and also to collect photography as well. Since the payload is high value the balloon will be chased and the payload hopefully recovered along with the high definition photography.
MAVRK motherboard with
Radio with a power amplifier
Temperature sensors (inside and outside the airframe)
Air pressure sensor
High capacity non-volatile memory (SD card)
, Device Driver Firmware
, System Software Integration
This project is intended to take several months, and launch occur shortly thereafter, weather permitting.