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Raspberry Pi Space Initiative

Because, why not?

Space Initiative

Because, why not?

  • Engineering School

    Zurn Science Center

    This is a project by students from the computer science background at Gannon University. Software engineering, computer science, and information systems.

  • Senior Design

    A year long class

    This is a project for our senior design class in which we have to design and implement our own team proejct. We chose to go to space (well, almost).

  • Space

    Why not?

    As it is our senior year, and we have flexibility on our project, we want to go all out. Space is the final frontier, and we plan to go (almost) there.

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The Project

What we're aiming to do

The Project

What we're aiming to do


The Plan

Raspberry Pi + High Altitude Balloon

In a sentence, we want to send a raspberry pi to (almost) space using a high altitude balloon. A raspberry pi is a mini $35 computer that uses an SD card for storage. We will hook up a GPS sensor and a variety of other sensors, along with 1 or 2 cameras to take video/pictures throughout its journey. The pictures we get alongside the data collected will be presented at the end of the year and then put online for anyone to view. We have called the project Gannon University Raspberry Pi Space Initiative (GURPSI for short). As the project happens, we will be uploading pictures here so anyone can see the process as it unfolds.

Raspberry Pi Foundation Gannon University

The Launch/Flight

How all of this will happen

During the course of this semester and next, we will be developing our project. This semester is heavily focused on design, and next semester is heavily focused on implementation. However, due to the nature of our project, we are working on some implementation this semester as well. During the implementation in the spring semester, we will be aquiring all of the needed components for the flight computer and possible base of operations (and anything else needed). All software interactions with the hardware will be developed and tested, then on that fateful spring day (that has yet to be choosen), the balloon will be released into the atmosphere.

Funding

How are we paying for this?

The total cost for the project right now is hovering around $1500.00 - $2000.00. You can see a pie chart (without cost numbers per item), on what the cost of the components are looking like right now. That graph totals up to close to $1500.00 - $2000.00. We are applying for research grants and looking for school/department sponsors to help fund or totally fund the project. In return, the department or people who help fund it, will receive pictures/video of their name on the launch vehicle. We may also open donations on this site someday as well.

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Team

Who we are

Team

Who we are

We are Team GURPSI

We are undergraduate students in the College of Engineering and Business of Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. We take great pride in our work. Three information systems students, and one software engineering student; we are Team GURPSI. We are all in our senior undergraduate year, looking to take our senior design project to another level.

  • David Kramer

    Chair

    Software Engineering

  • Tim Wiley

    Coordinator

    Information Systems

  • Jon Clark

    Scribe

    Information Systems

  • Daisuke Takagi

    Production Manager

    Information Systems

Contact

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We appreciate everyone who has donated to us! Our project is complete! Please visit the launch page to view all of our findings.
$2000.00 (Stretch Goal)

email: contact@projectgurpsi.com

Let us know of your interest or any concerns you have with the project. We'll do our best to get back to you in a timely fashion!