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Internet Balloon: Telemetry Test ~ Harbor Beach, Michigan

June 18th, 2022

Utilizing a Spark.io Photon Board and a custom microsatellite for a range transmission and extension network, was the deployment of a test internet balloon system for a tethered telemetry test. We had to utilize multiple party tanks of helium (about 11), given there was a nationwide helium shortage at the time (please do not do or try this). Once the balloon was deployed, we were able to land it back safely and release the helium out of the balloon for any potential relaunch.

Aquatic Wireless Networks: Telemetry Test ~ Port Huron, Michigan

July 16th, 2022

Stark Drones tested aquatic wireless networks and various modules. The best signal strength result in relation to the LoRaWAN transmission was -75 dBm. There are various other networking protocols and range extenders in play here as well. The full hardware setup does include ESP8266 WiFi modules, Lightweight BLE, a module for UART, and a 4G PHAT as well as the involvement of a relay switch. This was tested on July 16th, 2022 at Port Huron, Michigan at the Lakeside Beach and Park.

Stark Drones: Compute Module

The compute module utilizes are variety of different parts, and is the successor to ChainBoard with added signal logic. This module will power data transmission as well as be the full on data logger and controller for lots of Stark Drones launches. It utilizes a signal computing method which is patent-pending under 17/882587 as of August 7th, 2022. The founder of Stark Drones also created various other related IP in (direct and indirect) relation to the software and hardware configurations of this compute module.

Water Harvesting Device

This is an overview of the water harvesting device. It is a solar-powered device that stores energy into a generator (or battery back), and powers up an air compressor which is utilized to push air into a radiator in a closed loop system. It is essentially a type of reverse HVAC system.

Space Plane Device v1.0

The space plane's modular design is patent pending under 29/852,695. This device ...