Our Civil Air Patrol unit in Oklahoma is trying to organize a high altitude balloon launch for its cadets. We are trying to accomplish the following goals for the equipment:
1. APRS position reporting with a back up.
2. Radio beacon with back up if the APRS fails.
3. Simple to operate and turn on so that there is not a lot of training involved to operate it.
4. Ideally, as low cost as possible so we can afford the helium. Hydrogen is out of the question.
Here are some possible equipment options we were thinking of using:
Sansonic APRS Tracker
Micro Fox 15
Tracksoar Ready To Fly
We also have access to a Raspberry PI kit with the following:
Raspberry Pi is a tiny computer that helps teach programming through a variety of practical projects. Included in the Civil Air Patrol STEM Kit:
Raspberry Pi Core Kit
Real Time clock breakout board kit
Blue & White 16x2 LCD + Keypad kit
Are there any other things we could use? I realize this is a little subjective but we are looking for simple, reliable, and ideally moderately priced equipment.
Major Jason B. Unwin, CAP
Muskogee Composite Squadron,Professional Development Officer
Aerospace Education Officer
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary