Project: Traveler is a high altitude balloon research project of Custom Digital Services, LLC. Based in Hutchinson, KS, Project: Traveler has been flying and chasing balloons all over the midwest since 2001.
From the beginning, education has driving factor behind the Project: Traveler group, working with elementary schools and hosting the Great Plains Super Launch and symposium in 2004, 2006, 2010, and 2014. With our extensive set of hardware, software, and tracking equipment, coupled with over ten years of experience, Custom Digital Services and Project: Traveler can help bring space into your classroom.
Flight #31 - 2015f
Flight #31 will be a joint venture of the Project: Traveler group, and a new group that is forming in Dodge City. This will be Dodge City's first launch, and they will be leaning on us to help providing tracking and recovery assistance.
Flight #30 - 2015e
This will possibly be our 30th flight for Project: Traveler, assuming the weather cooperates and we have enough gas left over from flight #29. The flight will be a single tracker, just like flight #28 where we had the tracker wrapped up inside of bubble wrap. The only change will be that we'll allow more load line between the balloon and the tracker. Also, we'll be flying a small 600g balloon with less than 100 cu' of Hydrogen.
Flight #28 - 2015c
The third flight for Project: Traveler in 2015 has been rescheduled for Monday May 25rd in Hutchinson, KS. This flight will be a personal altitude record attempt and will consist of just a bare-minimum of one APRS transmitter and a streamer recovery.
The APRS tracker will be the brand new ArduinoTrack design, based on the Ublox Max M8Q GPS engine and the latest version 1.10 PCB. No other cameras or equipment will be flown on this attempt.
Flight #29 - 2015d
The fourth flight for Project: Traveler this year will fly two ArduinoTrack flight computers, a new sensor, and a new camera platform. The ArduinoTrack has only seen minor updates since the last flight, but 2015d will include the latest hardware revision on the PCB. On the W0ZC-11 capsule, there will be a second temperature sensor measuring outside air temperature (in addition to the standard inside air temp).
Finally, in a third separate capsule, there will be a Raspberry Pi computer running Linux that has a total of four, 5MP cameras pointing in different directions and collecting images about every 4 seconds.
We may also be flying a second balloon on Saturday morning (#30, 2015e) as we will probably have enough left over Hydrogen and I have a spare tracker/capsule from our last 2015c flight.
ArduinoTrack Flight Controller
The ArduinoTrack Flight Controller is a stand-alone APRS beaconing system, designed for high altitude ballooning in near-space. The complete system with a lithium-polymer battery capable of operating for over 8 hours, an antenna, and a 3D printed carrier board weighs in at about 250 grams. Project: Traveler has been developing, flying, and refining the board since 2010 and it is now considered stable.
The ArduinoTrack features an Atmel ATMega328p processor programmed in the Arduino IDE, integrated GPS receiver/antenna, an (optional) integrated VHF transmitter module, and sensors for temperature, barometric pressure, and battery voltage. All of the configuration data is stored in EEPROM and can easily be changed by using the ArduinoTrack Configurator tool by anyone with a Windows PC and a TTL serial interface cable.