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HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOON PROJECT IN DERBY - Project Meeting

Radio Communication Museum of Great Britain

Thursday, 26 April 2018 from 19:00 to 21:00 (BST)

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Come and help us build and launch a high altitude balloon (HAB) in Derby 

This is a joint project between the Derby Makers and the Coding, Electronics and Technology Clubs of the Radio Communication Museum of Great Britain in Derby.  If you are interested in getting involved with the project then come along to one of the project meetings to see how you can help.

The plan is to have a series of balloon launches during 2018 with increasing technical complexity as we gain more experience.  The tracking control centre will be in the museum's Operation Room where we will also be holding the kick off meeting.

Would you like to get involved ?  No knowledge necessary - just enthusiasm !

The project to open to children aged 14 and above and adults of any age !

The project has different aspects to it, so it should appeal to people with a wide range of skills / interests.

  • building the physical balloon and payload containment
  • building the radio communication sub system
  • writing the code for the Raspberry Pi
  • designing and constructing the electronics for the sensors and cameras attached to a Raspberry Pi micro computer
  • developing and implementing the control room software and hardware
  • launch planning and control
  • balloon tracking and recovery

If you would like to come along and find out more about the project then please book in NOW to reserve your free place.  There is free parking at the museum and we are just 2  minutes walk from a bus stop on Nottingham Road.


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Radio Communication Museum of Great Britain
16 Sawley Park
Nottingham Road
DE21 6AS Derby
United Kingdom

Thursday, 26 April 2018 from 19:00 to 21:00 (BST)


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Radio Communication Museum of Great Britain

We are a new technology museum being built in Derby which will focus on Radio Communication equipment and software.  Although the museum is not yet open to the public, we are using the museum building for our Code Club and Electronics Club activities.  The museum is a registered charity No 1169039.

We are / will be running a range of clubs for both children and adults.  Please look on Eventbrite or our website www.radiocommunicationmuseum.org for more information.

For children we are now running the following Saturday clubs:

  • SCRATCH programming for complete beginners and aimed at children aged 9 to 13
  • PYTHON programming for more advanced coders and aimed at children aged 10 to 16
  • Electronics beginner's club, introducing complete beginners to the basics of electronics design and construction aimed at children aged 11 to 16 - Note children for this club must already be confident in PYTHON
  • Electronics & Technology club For children aged 11+ who have either attended our Electronics for Beginners course or can demonstrate that they already have an understanding of basic electronics and Python programming.

Tuesday and Thursday evening clubs

  • SCRATCH programming for complete beginners and aimed at children aged 9 to 13
  • PYTHON programming for more advanced coders and aimed at children aged 10 to 16

 The code clubs are free to attend, however there is a £5 per week charge for the electronics clubs.

We are also planning to run a range of radio communication and space science clubs, some for children and some for both children and adults.  These clubs will run on specific weekday evenings and at the weekend.  There will be a club membership fee and a meeting charge to offset the consumable and running costs.  The probable clubs include:

  • Arduino and Raspberry Pi projects (software and electronics) for the more advanced coders and aimed at children aged 14 to 18 and adults
  • Space Science club for both children (aged 14 upwards) and adults.  This will include building electronic and software projects to link up with the International Space Station and orbiting satellites.  A proposed project includes the flight of a high altitude balloon carrying a Raspberry Pi payload with sensors and camera.
  • Amateur radio Foundation licence training and examination
  • Amateur radio Intermediate licence training and examination
  • Amateur radio Advanced licence training and examintion

We have an extensive radio operations room and an ESD protected electronics workshop. Adults and children will be able to become "Friends of the Museum" and make use of the equipment for their personal enjoyment.

If any of these clubs are of interest to you (or to your children) then please visit our website or the appropriate eventbrite page and and register your interest.

Where are we ?

 If you are visiting our clubs then find the directions below.  At present, because we are located on a newly built industrial park, the post code of DE21 6AS may sometimes take you to a slightly different location !!

We are located just off the old Nottingham Road.  If you find the Pentagon Traffic island on the A52 come round the traffic island past the entrance to Derbyshire Cricket Club and take the next exit (Nottingham Road) signposted Chaddesdon, after a quarter of a mile you will see Hillside Leisure (a large blue building) on your right.  Immediately  after that building, also on your right, is the entrance to Sawley Park. We are the third building (detached) on your right.  We have a large 16 and antennas on the building.  Free parking is available in front of and to the side of the building.


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