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HABEXpico

Lightweight High Altitude Balloon Payload
designed for long duration flights

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HABEXpico is a lightweight high altitude balloon payload designed for long duration flights. Using superpressure balloons, HABEXpico can fly to specific altitudes and maintain a stable float. The payload is equipped with a GPS, microcontroller, and radio module for transmitting location and power status. To maximize energy efficiency, an on-board power management circuit charges the payload batteries using solar panels, while the microcontroller balances the use of payload subsystems.

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Planned launch date: September 30th, 2017
Location: Los Angeles, CA

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Tyler Whitworth wrote 08/23/2017 at 22:52 point

What kind of radio module are you using on this?

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Sean Hodgins wrote 08/22/2017 at 15:01 point

Very cool, clean design. Any reason for cutting out the board for the solar cell area? I've used a smaller version of them and I don't remember anything in the documentation about that. I could have missed it though. 

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Gravis wrote 08/20/2017 at 01:48 point

I realize you are using some monocrystalline photovoltaic cells (i recognize the IXYS cells) but I don't know if you will get get the power you expect out of them if they are at the incorrect angle.  I very much suggest looking into the use of amorphous photovoltaic cells because they aren't designed to work at a particular angle.  There is a lower maximum power that you can get but it will be more consistent regardless of their positioning.

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