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The Earthshine Project is a High Altitude Balloon Project created by Mike McRoberts and sponsored by Earthshine Design.
Starting off with the first launch, Earthshine 1, the payload will be a testbed for the equipment and practise for more advanced future payloads.
The kit going into Earthshine 1 so far is :-
The Atmega328 will have the job of parsing the NMEA data from the GPS module and transmitting it over the RF Module to the ground. It will also read data from the temp, pressure and UV sensors and log them to the SD Card. Periodically it will control both the camera and the servo to take several photos looking at 0, 45 and 90 degrees from the horizontal both up and down as well as video sequences.
I have never done this before so I am relying on the experience and expertise of the rest of the UKHAS veterans. JCoxon has so far given a lot of assistance at London Hackspace in demystifying the RF Module techniques.
The payload will also be carrying a scientific experiment. A friend of mine (and Author) from the Orpington Astronomical Society, Tony Buick, will be sending up a set of UV transparent glass vials containing Tardigrades to see if they can withstand the rigours of near-space.
Projected Launch Date - April/May 2010.