For the ''next level'' of tracking, you can add a Sky Hub Sensor Array. The Sensor Array is a collection of one or more devices that passively collects environmental readings in the local area and relays this data to a Sky Hub Tracker. You can run one or more Sensor Arrays in concert with a Sky Hub Tracker - see outline in system diagram.
Developing improved and updated sensor support will be a continuing mission of the Sky Hub project. The hardware/sensors we consider go through a proposal phase and will be vetted though the Development, Hardware, and Science teams.
Sky Hub's open source platform allows for effortless expansions and future device support. The work currently being done for this is very fluid and is evolving quickly. Below are details of what platform we will use, what sensors are in development and which are under evaluation.
The Sensor Array is a Work in Progress. As we establish the base requirements for the platform the hardware selection may change significantly. We encourage you to join in the debate on the future of Sky Hub's hardware on our live chat channel.
A sensor array connected and under evaluation which includes Raspberry Pi, Grove Sensors, Nooelec SDR kit etc as outlined below
The micro computer at the heart of aquiring data directly from the sensor packs is the Raspberry Pi. The Pi will be deployed on the same LAN as the Sky Hub Tracker.
If you would like to join our development and testing of the sensor array the starting point platform and recommedned acessories you will need are as follows.
|Raspberry Pi 4 2GB Model||Platform||$35.00||Buy|
|Pi 4 Case||Accessory||$17.90||Buy|
|M.2 NVMe SSD Expansion Board||Accessory||$47.89||Buy|
|Transcend 128GB Nvme||Accessory||$28.99||Buy|
We plan on deprecating support for the Witmotion HW901B in favor of a sensor that is Grove-based.
We are likely to deprecate support for the Flightaware Pro Stick, in favor of a Nooelec SDR kit for ADS-B which is currently under evaluation.
We are currently exploring the Grove suite which offer wide range of sensor types that are easy to connect and use. The Grove platform requires a Grove Hat in order to connect the sensors to the Raspberry Pi.
If you would like to join our development and testing of the Grove sensors the main acessories you will need are:
|Grove Base Hat for Raspberry Pi||Breakout||$9.90||Buy|
|Grove - I2C Hub||Accessory||$2.90||Buy|
|Grove - I2C Hub (6 Port)||Accessory||$1.50||Buy|
|Grove - 8 Channel I2C Multiplexer/I2C Hub (TCA9548A)||Accessory||$5.90||Buy|
|Grove - ADC for Load Cell||Accessory||$3.90||Buy|
|Mounting Board for sensors||Accessory||$20.10||Buy|
At the time of writing, we are evaluating the following sensors.
|Temp&Humi&Barometer Sensor (BME280)||Environmental||$17.00||Buy|
|6-Axis Accelerometer&Gyroscope (BMI088)||Motion||$13.90||Buy|
|IMU 10DOF v2.0 (MPU2950)||Motion||$16.90||Buy|
|I2C Thermocouple Amplifier (MCP9600)||Environmental||$16.90||Buy|
|Sunlight sensor (UV-light, visible light and infrared light) - SI1145||Environmental||$9.90||Buy|
|The Thunder Board Lightning Detector||Environmental||$29.99||Buy|
|Grove - Analog Microphone (MEMS)||Sound||$6.90||Buy|
|Dual-Band NESDR Nano 3 Premium ADS-B with Antennas, adaptors etc||RF||$64.95||Buy|