Tag: Hardware

DIY Tron Identity Disc – Designing the Electronics

DIY Tron Identity Disc – Designing the Electronics

Following on from the mechanical design on my Tron Identity disc I jumped straight into designing the electronics to go inside. Check out how I did it!

Project Update

Project Update

The clock is counting down and here is what we have completed and we still need to do before we can launch this balloon.



Yesterday the G(A)SP team attended the Young ICT Explorers (YICTE) event held at ANU. It was great seeing all kinds of ICT projects from around the ACT from all different ages, ranging from year 3 to year 12.

We received 1st place with our G(A)SP submission, showcasing the rocket we used to test components with, the simulator we created to test our code with, prototypes of the case, a semi-functioning rudder and the board (which we received on Wednesday), as well as this blog of course. We displayed posters with our launch date and talked to many people throughout the day, some who asked about the project and some who were very keen on our box of lollies.


Preparing for YICTE gave us a checkpoint in the project to work towards. It also aligned with due dates in both mechatronics and IT. Knowing these dates early in the project ensured that we worked hard to get prototypes ready by this point and it certainly paid off.

Thank you to all those who attended and that we talked to throughout the day, as well as the other students and our teacher who helped us get there. It was a rewarding event for us and we hope you enjoyed it too.

It was interesting talking to so many different people and gaining new ideas from each project. Hopefully the future of G(A)SP will be just as successful as our day at YICTE was.


PCB Design

We decided to make this project extra special by design almost everything from scratch, this includes the circuit board.

Rudder Design

We wanted to make our balloon payload steerable. this was going to be achieved with a rudder, and here are some details on how we were going to achieve it.

Project Stages


There are 3 stages to our project:

  • Design and Creation
  • Launch
  • Results

Creation (July-September)

The creation stage consists of the team designing and building each of their parts of the project, as well as collaboration and integration to complete the weather balloon. Each team member and their respective task can be found here.
This stage also involves rigorous testing of each component individually, as well as the project together as a whole.

Launch  (Early October)

In October 2016 we will launch the weather balloon in Rankin Springs, NSW.

Results (Late October)

Using the data logged from the launch, we will create useful information about the weather in the stratosphere during the flight.