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Solar Eclipse High Altitude Balloon, part 2

Planning If there’s one piece of advice I could give to anyone looking to launch a high altitude balloon, it’s this: don’t pick a date and try to prepare for it; instead, get everything prepared and then pick a date. … Continue reading

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Solar Eclipse High Altitude Balloon, part 1

During the 2017 solar eclipse, some friends and I at Solid State Depot decided to launch a weather balloon and record the eclipse from the stratosphere. Jumping to the punchline: it was a success! We tracked and recovered the payload, … Continue reading

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SparkFun AVC 2015 recap

Another year, another AVC. This was my second year competing, and although I had a lot more time to prepare, things still didn’t go very well. I figured I’d give a recap of the things that went well, the things … Continue reading

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SparkFun AVC build log 2015-06-14

It’s less than a week until the SparkFun AVC, so I figured it’s probably time for a quick update. There have been a lot of things I still need to get working (such as a physical start button), which is … Continue reading

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Sparkfun AVC Build Log 2015-04-13

In my previous post, I laid out a list of basic things that I needed or wanted to get done, in order of importance. Since then, I ordered a GPS module (specifically the SUP800F, which integrates a GPS receiver, compass, … Continue reading

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Sparkfun AVC Build Log 2015-03-09

I entered the Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition for the first time last year. It didn’t go as well as I had hoped, so I’m hoping to start earlier and make some changes this year. This is going to be a … Continue reading

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2014 Side Projects

I recently saw This Year in Side Projects on Hacker News, and it seemed like it would be a good idea to document my year too. Side Projects Node JavaScript libraries cache TLS upgrader Raspberry Pi radio control SparkFun Autonomous … Continue reading

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