You can view some real time images from superman here being transmitted at http://ssdv.habhub.org/ you can also follow live tweets on https://twitter.com/RDGhack from Matt at @RDGHack
We wanted to let a few peps at dirtyboards (our China Hack Camp people) who made the battery boards, SeeedStudio who did the trackers and the PCB in the body of Superman was done by PCBTrain! Thanks
Following on from our hugely successful rLab telmetry course we are pleased to announce that today is the launch of Superman into space. Originally devised by RS DesignSpark (<-great background on the DesignSpark blog about the project) and Mattell, Richard Ibboston of rLab has developed some tracking boards to track both the capsule and Superman himself as they reach for the stars. David Price helped with the boards and software, with Alex Gibson designing and printing parts for the capsule. The capsule itself was designed and built by Jude Pullen.
You can track his progress by watching Kalel, Lois, OLSEN, LEX and CLARK.
Good luck to all involved!
Had to fix superman – he’s transmitting GSP coords now and being fitted in capsule.
The ground video available on
From the launch site:
From the chase car:
Superman is being sent to space with electronic boards designed at rLab and that’s what you’ll be able to see a live feed from using the details below.
If you want to track the progress you can use
the latter has a Superman logo for the Kalel payload which is transmitting on 434.420MHZ
RLab is organising a workshop on Telemetry to be held Saturday 21st June initial details below:
Please contact us via the Google Groups mailing list indicating if you wish to attend..
- rlab telemetry projects & opportunites
- High Altitude Balloon project
- Demo of HAB RTTY telemetry components and toolchain
* NTX2B, uBLOX MAX-7, SDR# and dongle, VB Cable, dl-fldigi
HAB project opportunities and challenges
Low Power Radio technologies and products
- Hope RFM12b
- Nordic nRF24L01
- * Nordic nRF24L01
- point – point
What you will need to bring
- laptop with Arduino environment, any necessary additional software will be notified ahead of the workshop
- 3v3 capable Arduino, USB adaptor and PSU (majority of sensors are 3v3, the radios are 3v3 powered but are 5v tolerant)
- breadboard and jumpers
As usual a contribution of £5 for the rlab plus a contribution for pizza
A charge will be made if you wish to keep any radios/materials
Here is a quick preview of the board we have been working on for our high altitude balloon project. We will talk about this at an up and coming workshop.
The board has a GPS receiver and a 434MHz telemetry transmitter which are good for 40Km high and 500+km distance. Running from a single AA battery which should be OK for over 20 hours.
It’s a dev. board right now and a bit big. It uses the ATXmega which offers some significant advantages over the standard Arduino in performance, programming, peripherals and power management.
David Price is continuing the sensors and telemetry experiments and will shortly be hosting a course at rLab. Using an Arduino Pro Mini 328 3v3 with UBlox Max 7 GPS and Radiometrix NTX2B 10mW 474.065MHz transmitter. The aim is to transmit the GPS and other sensor data via RTTY. Currently testing using a DVB-T dongle as SDR with SDR# and DL-FLDIGI.
All happily working at 3v3 but need to filter and buffer the GPS output to cope with the slow speed RTTY.