NearSpace Simple 18

The NearSpace Simple 18 is a complete (except for the GPS, which can be purchased from NearSys), entry level flight near space flight computer. It's an easy to assemble project that makes starting a near space program even easier. Just add the GPS and toss it into a lunch box and you're ready to fly near space mission. The price for the NearSpace Simple 18 (NS-Simple) is $198.00, plus $8.00 shipping and handling. All you will need to complete the flight computer is to add the terminations for the relay driven cameras and the battery adapter (explained in the directions).

Note: Since the NearSpace Simple 18 includes an APRS tracker, it can only be sold to licensed amateur radio operators. Individuals without a license and individuals who do not want to transmit at 144.390 MHz can purchase the kit sans transmitter and then contact Lemos about purchasing a radio of their choice (this option lowers the cost of the kit to $143.00).

A GPS receiver kit is now available for the NearSpace Light

Features of the NearSpace Simple 18

  1. Powered by the PICAXE-18M2
  2. Small, 3.5 inches by 4.0 inches
  3. 500 mW transmitter for the APRS tracker
  4. Three A to D channels that provide power to experiments and digitize at either eight or ten bits of resolution
  5. Digital Port for three digital sensors
  6. Powered GPS Port for transmitting and recording GPS data
  7. Camera Port for two cameras with modified shutters
  8. Commit Pin to prevent the flight computer from collecting data until ordered to do so
  9. Built-in radio and antenna jack (Antenna kit is part of the kit)
  10. Easy to program in BASIC

Directions for assemblying and using the NearSpace Simple 18 flight computer
Sample Flight Code

To program the NearSpace Simple 18's PICAXE-18M2, you'll need to download the PICAXE Programmer. It's free at this link