The problem XPLOR solves
XPLOR - A Satellite as a Service platform designed keeping in mind the enthusiasm and interest of the community towards in creating satellites or gathering accurate weather data from higher altitudes where a user can get precise weather data as well as be able to forecast weather.
Xplor also paved a way towards making a satellite accessible on your fingertips with the precise data. Anyone from High School to Retired People interested in learning about satellites, weather data and more will be able to use this platform.
Xplor is also a way to develop Low-Cost satellites for hobbyists and other people wanting to learn more about how a sensor works, how the weather data is analysed and more
What it does?
Xplor enables a user to launch a Personal Satellite, and he can choose to make the data public or private according to his needs.
It also enables a user to get Precise and Accurate Weather Data due to the higher altitudes and thus leading to better forecast data analysis.
The stats of the sensors in the satellite can be seen by as user through a Very Minimal and Eye-Catchy app which can be installed on Android as well as iOS
Challenges we ran into
The most difficult task was to get the two development boards to communicate with each other through the HC-12 Radio transmitter as the communication was completely based out of serial port and UART. The string and JSON parsing of the data received from the Pi Zero through the Firebase was the next most difficult challenge as the data from the sat module had to be updated in real time and shown to the user through the app. Due to the Rainy weather here, the Helium Balloon (Carrying the Transmitter) couldn't reach a good height but it was ~150 m over the Pi Zero(Receiver) and the devices were successfully able to communicate with each other with real time updating of data and was captured on the app as well.
Accomplishments we are proud of,
Building a fully functional satellite under 24hrs with fully functional monitoring application.
The communication of data between a Raspberry Pi Zero and Arduino Uno R3.
Real time updating of received satellite data onto Google Firestore.
Achieved promising results despite the rainy weather.
Future of XPLOR
To add more features to the whole app and support for downloading of data obtained from the sensors.
To 3D-Print a case for the whole satellite with appropriate places to hold the sensors and to build a better medium to send the satellite to greater heights.
To support live camera feed so that users can get a aerial view of the place from which the satellite was launched.
To increase the range of the overall device to support for greater heights.
To work closely with Government Agencies to enable more users to launch their own satellites and work towards the Overall Development and Welfare of the Country