We are working hard to do several things all in parallel. We want to allow those without deep pockets to make meaningful contributions to the data we hope to gather. So how do you think you would respond to a recommendation that we ask you to buy a several thousand dollar camera in order to prevent you from recording a jet airliner?
We want to work towards enabling much less expensive cameras contribute video plus other data in our system.
Let’s discuss an obvious first step. How can you prevent capture, by accident, overflights by commercial airplanes, or general aviation? For now, let’s concentrate on commercial flights.
Flightaware provides detailed maps with moving icons for tracking flights. They have taken on the job of allowing individuals with interest provide them with data to aid in their primary job. They designed an inexpensive receiver you plug into a USB port on a Raspberry Pi or other small board ARM based computer. They spent resources constructing a codebase to allow this system to be used for tracking commercial and government planes operating in a normal manner.
FlightAware Pro Stick plugs into the USB port on the computer we will use in our data trackers. Click on the link and you will see that it is $20 US. This will be our recommendation for the basic tracker to eliminate many airplanes. This will get more complex, costing another few dollars to add the necessary extra pieces to eliminate most general aviation airplanes.but for now this is the 90% solution.
and an inexpensive antenna to get you going.
This will be followed up by detailed explanations for getting this up and running on your tracker and then you will be tracking airplanes and plotting them on a GoogleMap in a web browser using this USB device and your Raspberry Pi!
Development for inclusion is underway.