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Nothing like an extra week of competition and some great competitors to provide motivation... Father's day was launch day for flight 2 and with one exception it was a success! A 36" nylon parachute from Apogee Rockets was just the ticket for a safe return to earth. I started with a slight...
My entry for the #makewithmaxim contest is a data acquisition and telemetry payload for a model rocket, a base station and software to control the payload and analyze its data. The project, although not entirely successful in its first flight was a lot of fun. Perhaps some aspects of it...
Bill Gates once said, "It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure". Yesterday's launch wasn't the complete success I had hoped but was fun, we got some great data and learned a thing or two for subsequent launches. The rocket flew well, up until...
Ready to fly. I removed the reed switch and now power is turned on by plugging in USB power briefly and turned off by via a shutdown command. I also added a little more structural support for the boards, re-soldered the GPS receiver to increase the amount of solder holding it in place and...
Just a quick update. I have some software now running. The basic system is operational on the MAX32630FTHR board communicating with all sensors and radio. SD-card logging is not yet implemented, nor is being able to mount the device as a remote USB storage device. It uses a number of mbed-os...
The rocket and electronics package are built. The electronics package sits on a 3D-printed base which mounts at the base of the nosecone using two screws. A 16GB Micro-SD card is more-or-less permanently attached using double-sticky tape to hopefully prevent vibration or acceleration...
This is my first blog post documenting the build for the MAX62630FTHR #MakeWithMaxim context. I have, since I was a child, wanted to shoot a telemetry package up on an Estes rocket but never gotten around to it until now. Now I get to share this with a new generation of children and get the...

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