Any ideas for near space (weather) balloon telemetry? Answered
Hey guys, I'm considering a project like the recently popular near space balloon project. The only twist is that it could float for several days/weeks at a time. The major problem I have is that I need some way to reliably communicate with the system. The balloon would have to send climate data, gps data, and maybe photos. A video feed would be good too. I'd have to be able to control its descent and control its cameras.
The issue I see is that many common systems are only good to about 40 miles which would still be way too short of a distance. Cellphones are obviously out of the question (way too unreliable up there). Satellite phones would break the bank. Power consumption is also a concern I have. I would consider getting an amateur radio license if you guys think it would help.
I plan to use arduinos.
JP Aerospace does some of the stuff I want to do with this potential project. The photo is their Away 46 mission.