Pi In The Sky Balloons 29 June 2015

Three High Altitude Balloons (HAB) have been launched in Essex today, and at the time of writing can be heard loud and clear across Essex.

These launches are part of the PITS (Pi in the Sky) project, sending Raspberry Pi computers to high altitudes using helium-filled balloons.

The three balloons in flight today represent educational establishments in Essex. Here are the frequencies:

  • Prospects College of Advanced Technology, Basildon: 434.149MHz USB
  • Stewarts Academy, Harlow: 434.0484MHz USB
  • Boswells School, Chelmsford: 434.4486MHz USB

All three balloons were launched from lsworth, Cambridgeshire, and are transmitting strong signals at of 15:20pm

Here are three images captured by the amateur radio station of Pete M0PSX in Leigh-on-Sea:

HAB image from Stewarts Academy - 29 June 2015
HAB image from the Stewarts Academy balloon – 29 June 2015
HAB image from Prospects College - 29 June 2015
HAB image from Prospects College – 29 June 2015
HAB image from Boswells School - 29 June 2015
HAB image from the Boswells School balloon- 29 June 2015

More live images from active high altitude balloons can be found here: ssdv.habhub.org

The flights of the three Pi in the Sky balloons - 29 June 2015
The flights of the three Pi in the Sky balloons – 29 June 2015

More about HAB flights

You can find more information about high altitude balloon flights here: ukhas.org.uk

More about tracking HAB flights

For live data from HAB flights around the world, go to www.habhub.org

See also: Essex Ham’s guide on tracking high altitude balloon flights

More about amateur radio

Amateur radio is a technical hobby that encourages experimentation with radio. As well as being able to talk to other amateurs around the world, radio amateurs can make contact with the International Space Station. For more, see our video: What is amateur radio

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