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GSM Weather balloon payload

how to use the Soracom API for localization of a weather balloon

IntermediateFull instructions providedOver 1 day12
GSM Weather balloon payload

Things used in this project

Hardware components

SORACOM Air Global IoT SIM
SORACOM Air Global IoT SIM
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Google Android phone (Nexus 5x in our case)
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Raspberry Pi Zero
Raspberry Pi Zero
×1
SparkFun Raspberry Pi Zero W Camera Kit
SparkFun Raspberry Pi Zero W Camera Kit
×1
Adafruit Feather M0 with RFM95 LoRa Radio - 900MHz - RadioFruit
×2
Neo-6m GPS Module
×1
Adafruit BMP280
Optional
×1
Adafruit Powerboost 1000c
used to supply power to the raspberry pi zero and the Feather M0
×1
Breadboard (generic)
Breadboard (generic)
for the Feather M0
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Flash Memory Card, MicroSD Card
Flash Memory Card, MicroSD Card
Try to get atleast a 128gb MicroSD Card, payload flight time for a HAB averages about 2 to 4 hours depending on how much the balloon is filled and you will want to store as much video as possible from the raspberry pi.
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Software apps and online services

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Schematics

Soracom Android Automate script

this is a simple script put together using Android automate to make the phone transmit its location via SMS every 10 seconds to Soracom's unified SMS number to be used by Soracom Harvest and any other Soracom service

HAB Hardware Layout

Code

HABPi

A simple Bash script to be executed at bootup onboard the Pi Zero

HABFeather

This is the source code for the Feather M0 on the HAB Payload

Credits

clwillingham

clwillingham

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Bits4Bots LLC

Bits4Bots LLC

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Electronics Engineer and technology blogger. PCB rapid prototype designer. DIY kits at www.bits4bots.shop and blogs at www.bits4bots.com

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