Phase 1B - Introduction

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Phase 1B - travelling up through the cloud level


Now that we can disconnect our WeatherSat from USB power and use the battery module, data collection can become mobile. This second part of Phase 1 involves moving your experiments away from the school and also launching the WeatherSats with large party balloons. These launches are designed to attain an altitude of 5km or 16,000ft to ensure no interference with commercial aircraft. At this point we are preparing for the design of our satellites that will be launched into orbit. Therefore, we need to consider that we cannot retrieve our satellite once it is launched, and need to take all design parameters into consideration. To ensure that we can collect our data during the balloon mission, we need a radio with the WeatherSat to send the data and a Ground Station to retrieve the data. The GPS and IMU sensors will give us data about our position as we move about, and we can begin tracking how weather conditions change as we move about our town and county. Phase 1B - Detailed Mission Plan.


Make sure you comply with the local regulations of your country/state.


Here is a map for drone flyers, which are more restricted than party balloon flyers:

South Africa


  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC):

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