ATmega328 on board for near space launch

A Maker named Ugifer recently sent a box of electronics attached to a balloon approximately 124,000 into the air.

As Alan Parekh of Hacked Gadgets reports, the balloon was tracked using the Space Near Us system, with Ugifer creating a custom PCB to keep the circuit as robust and compact as possible.

The finished PCB includes an NTX2 radio module, microSD card, DS18B20 temperature gauge, Ublox GPS, a Honeywell pressure sensor and Atmel’s stalwart ATmega328 microcontroller (MCU).

[Atmel’s] ATMega328 MCU is a great option because it can be programmed from the very easy Arduino IDE,” Ugifer explained.

“It will also run on 3v3 but only a 8MHz. However that’s plenty of processing power for reading a GPS and running a low baud-rate radio.”

Interested in learning more? You can check out the project’s official Instructables page here and the HackedGadgets write up here.

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