That’s what the ISS-Above does.
It lights up when the ISS is nearby, but that’s not all. It can also TWEET a message to the Space Station and it has its own built-in web server to give you a ton of information about current and future passes.
It’s both an awareness thing, so more people get to know the Space Station is in their sky, and it’s also to let those who are “up there” know that we know and appreciate what they are doing!
This video will show you how they work and what they look like when the Space Station is making an overflight.
HOW DOES ISS-ABOVE WORK?
The brains of the ISS-Above is a very small Single Board Computer called a Raspberry Pi. It’s like a regular computer that you have in your house – just a LOT smaller. You can plug in a keyboard/mouse and monitor and do a whole load of standard “computery” things with it if you’d like too.
Unlike a regular computer the Raspberry Pi has some special Input/Output connector that allows you to hook up lots of cool little gadgets. ISS-Above works with numerous add-ons display devices that light up / change color and/or displays information in some way.
I’ve coded ISS-Above so it calculates the position of the ISS at any point in time. The code looks to see if the ISS is in the sky above you and then lights up and makes a general fuss if it is.
Would you like one?
We have just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign and we are currently waiting for the funds to be collected and provided to us (Kickstarter says it could take several weeks or more before we get it). Therefore we cannot yet place the order for the components.
So this means YOU still have a chance to become a “backer” by placing your order HERE. The reward choices are identical to what was provided on the Kickstarter and your product will be shipped towards the end of April (or sooner depending on the delivery of all the components).
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