Looks like a very cool/useful program. Definitely, continue development.
What more? Weather data, perhaps. I can help with beta testing if you need.
Since GPSL I have been thinking about chase software. I haven't found any that does what I think it should. I have looked at http://flighttrack.surfingsatellites.org/
but that is about the only one I know about. I am looking for one that
can be used offline in those bad reception areas balloons like to find.
I decided to start looking at what it would take to write one and have started playing with writing my own. I have played with the pieces and think I have the stuff to pull this off. The screenshot below is what I have running now. The numbers on the right for the balloon are all test but the parser is working and mapping position reports to the map.
The question is: Is anyone else interested? If I do it jus
t for myself I'm not convinced it is worth the effort.
Here are my goals for the tool.
- Must work offline.
- Maps must be able to be cached.
- Must be able to deal with internet loss as well as PC restarts
- Show my location and the balloon being chased.
- decode GPS NEMA data for my location
- Allow multiple trackers to provide data from the balloon (failure backup and faster update times)
- Simple interface to allow use in moving cars (not driver)
- Show what the balloon is currently doing
- Receive APRS from a radio (KISS mode) and APRS-IS.
how pre-flight prediction
- Update prediction with real time data from the balloon
- Run on windows laptop. (Tools allow for Apple laptop & linux builds as well)
So am I doing this for myself or is there interest in this from you? If yes, what would you like to see in it?