Queen shown radio ham’s Raspberry Pi balloon payload

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is shown M0RPI's 434 MHz High Altitude Balloon Payload

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is shown M0RPI’s 434 MHz High Altitude Balloon Payload – Credit Raspberry Pi Foundation

On Monday, June 9, more than 350 of the UK’s most successful and most promising technologists were invited to Buckingham Palace by the Queen and the Duke of York for Tech at the Palace.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was shown the Raspberry Pi High Altitude Balloon payload developed by David Akerman M6RPI (now M0RPI) which transmitted Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV) signals on 434 MHz from the first “Pi in the Sky“. She also saw the TARDIS that was flown by David and Anthony Stirk M0UPU @AnthonyStirk

David M0RPI @daveake tweeted:
The Queen, The Duke of York, and my TARDIS 🙂 #UKHAS #RaspberryPi pic.twitter.com/sOTT4mT7MJ

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Kickstarter project aims to put a TARDIS into Low-Earth-Orbit

Kickstarter Dr Who TardisNovember 23, 2013 is the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and a Kickstarter project aims to celebrate the event by putting a 30 cm (12 inch) tall model of the TARDIS into Low-Earth-Orbit on an Interorbital Systems Neptune rocket. The aim is to raise the $33,000 needed for the flight by June 29.

A number of satellite projects have already raised funds through Kickstarter but none has been quite like this. The orbiting TARDIS plans to have solar cells to power the flashing light, a camera and transmitter. A magnetic, passive attitude control system will keep the TARDIS’s camera pointing toward the Earth.

Further information is available on Kickstarter at

These satellite projects have already raised money on Kickstarter:

Radio ham Zac Manchester KD2BHC used Kickstarter to raise $74,586 in donations to fund the development and deployment of 200 amateur radio KickSat sprite satellites.

The amateur radio satellite project ArduSat managed to raise donations of $106,330 in just 30 days.

SkyCube which will transmit on 915 MHz in the 902-928 MHz amateur radio band raised $116,890.

Kickstarter is not just about raising large sums of money, for example Sandy Antunes used Kickstarter to raise $2,780 to buy a ham radio transceiver and antennas to create an amateur radio satellite ground station Calliope

Wiki – Doctor Who https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who