Volfyirion Guilds

Starduster II - Photographing Earth from Near-Space

A project in Waco, TX by Jacob Boline

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Real-time high-altitude weather balloon tracking using amateur radios - capturing stunning near-space visuals - now with more science!
Backers: 50
Average Pledge Per Backer: $37

Funded: $1,873 of $1,000
Dates: Sep 23rd -> Oct 15th (23 days)
Project By: Jacob Boline
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Latest News

Data Collection Milestone 1

October 9th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey everyone, here's another quick update for you! I spent some time yesterday adding in the barometric sensor to the shield, refining and testing the code, and then doing a data collection test by driving around for an hour. At the current point in... (Read More)

Data Acquisition Overview and Progress

October 7th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey everyone! I've been working very hard to get the ball rolling on the data acquisition payload of the balloon. I've made some good progress, and I'm very excited to share it with y'all! Data Acquisition OverviewI wanted to start this update with a... (Read More)

Payload Tracking - Radio or Satellite? Both!

October 4th - via: kickstarter.com
A quick post with lots of pictures. If you backed the previous Starduster project, you may already know this.One way we track the balloon and payload is using a GPS tracking device. This particular piece has lots of positives and just a few... (Read More)

GoPro Battery Testing in 0F temps - Video (60/fps) and Photo (1/sec)

October 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
We did a bit of 'science' this weekend. I needed to test the GoPro batteries and decided to document some of the process for you guys. I'm including a short video and some photos to help with the conversation. All batteries deliver power through... (Read More)

Technical Update 1

September 30th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey everyone, some of the equipment we ordered came in today! I did a video below where I unboxed the equipment and talk about it, so check it out!  In addition we did some testing of the APRS gear. For this test I threw the TinyTrak4 into my car... (Read More)

Initial Funding Goal Met - Where to now?

September 27th - via: kickstarter.com
First, WOW!100% of the initial funding goal was reached in the first 48 hours. You guys are amazing. The pressure to secure funding is gone. Now, we get to focus on the fact that this project will 'make' and we can get to the business of getting a... (Read More)

Strong Start - Thank you

September 24th - via: kickstarter.com
This is a quick thank you to everyone backing the project so far.  24 hours and 60% funded is a GREAT place to be. To friends and family that we know, thank you.To new friends from all over the globe, 'Welcome and thank you' for taking part in this... (Read More)

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