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Sorry for not updating regularly recently, so I’ll start with a bit of an update. We have done several radio tests the first and most successful reaching a range of ~2.5km the rest less than 100m clearly something is wrong so I’ll be busy trying to sort this out. We have decided to definitely   launch around the October half term. Even if the data radio isn’t working as we still have the mobile phone transmitter and I can adjust the radio as a beacon and use it like that. That way we will be able track it from further away and home in onto it with in the 2.5km we have reached in testing.


September 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Circuit Boards

Here’s a quick update with pictures of the new circuit boards. The receiver board is pretty much finished but there is still a lot to do on the main board.

May 19, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


We’ ve been working full steam ahead on the electronics, the decoder for radio is almost finished and I hooked the GPS up to the computer to test it. Next week I’ll order the phone and the components for the flight computer. Hopefully we should have a complete prototype for the electronics ready by next weekend. I’ll gets some pics of the GPS and radio test circuits ASAP.

May 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


When I checked my Emails this evening I was pleased to find a Email from Radiometrix saying that they will give us the radio modules. That just knocked £50 off our budget. Oh and I tided up the schematics a bit.

So a big thank you to Radiometrix!

April 6, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


I’ve drafted a preliminary version of the schematic of the onboard avionics, it’s a bit a hard to follow (especially around the GSM module, although it is much better than the first one).  Its probably got a few errors on it but I’ll and correct them later .

April 5, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Emails sent

I’ve just finished sending emails to the companies who we would like to sponsor us with their products. Not expecting any replies until after the Easter weekend. I can see I’m going to be checking my emails every ten minutes next week 🙂

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment