Thursday, October 6, 2011

Data Collecting Rocket Payload

A few weeks ago, I found out that my sister was going to launch a rocket.  She asked me if I could make a device that can measure the height of her rocket's apogy.  I decided that I would build the device.  It would have measure the air pressure (for altitude), acceleration in all 3 dimensions, magnetic fields in all 3 dimensions (what way is north), and how fast it is spinning around all 3 dimensions (gyroscope), light level, air temperature, and humidity.  That is a lot of sensors that all have to work together, so I have been working on it for a couple weeks now.  The when I finish, I will make it easily downloadable by other people who might want to use it for something similar.

Right now, I have ordered the parts and am developing the code needed to collect all of the data.

I took a few pictures of the parts and labeled them.


Light Sensor http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8688


Sensor board with a 3D accelerometer, 3D gyro, and 3D magnetometer.  aka 9DOF http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10183


Boost Converter http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10255


Sht 15 (Temperature and humidity sensor) http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8227


Open Log (logging device that logs serial data to a micro sd card) http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9530


Pressure Sensor http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9694


Everything all in one picture

I am looking forward to collecting some cool data from this project.