Pi in the Sky

Wildlands is a place for students to push the boundaries of what is possible in our learning environment and make the student’s dreams a reality. Things that wouldn't be possible at a  normal school are obtainable here. Our team of six students came up with the idea to send a weather balloon with payloads into low orbit. The goal is to gather data and photos from the edges of our atmosphere. In order to make this possible we need to employ the use of an incredibly small and inexpensive computer called the Raspberry Pi along with a few sensors powered by this device that would allow us to not only capture stunning photos but also gather information such as barometric pressure, temperature, and altitude.

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Project Objectives

  • Find materials for project
  • Gather money for project
  • Buy materials
  • Prepare Launch 
  • Launch Balloon
  • Retrieve Balloon

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Things We Read

WebsiteDate ReadWho ReadBrief Summary
http://www.stratostar.net/ September 12, 2014 Jordan Website that launches a lot of weather balloons and deals with schools. Possible place for us to order our equipment. 
http://www.faa.gov/contact/ September 11, 2014 Gabe We used this agency to learn about the restrictions that we had to work around. 
http://www.airgas.com/category/Gases-Industrial-Application-Gases/_/N-0Z82i September 10, 2014 Gabe A sales website for airgas. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_balloon  Gabe The Wiki about the history and how weather balloons work. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_frequency  Gabe The wiki about radio frequencys. I used it for the purpases of how radios work and what limitations we have on sending out communications with the pi in the sky. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Square_wave  Gabe I used this to learn the differences in waves. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-sinusoidal_waveform  Gabe Another site used to learn the differences about waves 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hertz  Gabe This website used to learn more about radio waves. 
http://www.pacificcrest.com/library/REG_FCC_Narrowband.pdf  Gabe This website is has the restrictions of what frequencys we can use.  
http://www.daveakerman.com/ September 10, 2014 Jordan A blog about a first hand fight of a pi in the sky, 
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TitleAssigned ToStatusPriorityDue Date% Complete
Check licensing for balloon launch Gabe 3.) Closed 2.) Medium September 12, 2014 100% 
Finish Preparing Fundraising  Jordan and Brad 3.) Closed 3.) High September 17, 2014 100% 
Launch Balloon Everyone 3.) Closed 4.) Critical November 6, 2014 100% 
Call Air Gas about Sponership Gabe 3.) Closed 2.) Medium September 18, 2014 100% 
Order Supplies  Everyone 3.) Closed 4.) Critical September 19, 2014 100% 
Make Portfolio for Project  Bret, Ethan, Abe 3.) Closed 3.) High September 19, 2014 100% 
Make Presentation for Friday  Everyone 3.) Closed 3.) High September 19, 2014 100% 
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Project Updates

  • 12-5-14 Balloon retrieval was successful thanks to Richard!
    Posted Dec 15, 2014, 7:38 AM by Unknown user
  • 12-3-14 Our Launch was successful!
    Posted Dec 15, 2014, 7:33 AM by Unknown user
  • 9/16/2014 We are currently waiting on a response for a price on our Weather Balloon and we are waiting to see if we can get a sponsorship from Air Gas for ...
    Posted Sep 16, 2014, 10:58 AM by Unknown user
  • 9/16/2014 Currently we have our project planned out and we our waiting on ordering our Raspberry Pi and the  materials to launch the weather balloon.
    Posted Sep 16, 2014, 9:24 AM by Unknown user
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Weather Balloon Project

Videos we Watched

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