Screenshot of program successfully decoding coordinates (in green) received by GPS dongle

Screenshot of program successfully decoding coordinates (in green) received by GPS dongle

Hello all! We are now at the end of the first week of our group project and progress has been strong. We have managed to decode the coordinates sent out by our sentinel to the GPS dongle and store them on a text file. Diyar and Wei have engaged in some perspiring soldering work and are now configuring the different sensors that we have available (they have done the accelerometer thus far). The website is coming along well and we plan to continually add content in many different regards. Unfortunately the LoRa board is out of stock and the supplier says that he will endeavour to send it to us ASAP. We will look into different suppliers over the weekend. 

Pi In The Sky (PITS) is also now up and running, albeit with a very weak signal which we believe will be solved with the LoRa unit. Max is working on MQTT and is exploring how this will interact with Bluemix to convey the information that we want. Regarding the decoding of the images, Usmaan has noted that on reception of information transmitted from the Pi, we are required to perform a decoding operation from ASCII text to an image. If possible we would ideally like to implement this in Python. Our main challenge in this operation is parsing large quantities of information to obtain the desired text.

Finally I have heard back from The BOC Group (a body that supplies Imperial College with gas needs) and they have confirmed that we can in fact purchase a large canister of 200 bar, 99.995% helium and store it safely on the South Kensington Campus. However we will still contact several technicians in the Chemical Engineering Department to see if we can get the product for cheaper than £100 and Diyar has been speaking to another contact at IBM who mentioned that they may also be able to provide us with the much needed gas.

- Peter