Launch of “ISS Above” allows users to track the International Space Station
ISS Above is a device based upon a Raspberry Pi, that lights up whenever the International Space Station is nearby. See it at the San Diego Mini Maker Faire on Dec 7th
Pasadena, CA (PRUnderground) December 3rd, 2013
Today, LookUpTonight announces its first public installation of “ISS Above”, an International Space Station location finder and communication solution based on the Raspberry Pi, a small and inexpensive computer which was developed to give children access to programming.
In an innovative and engaging development initiative, ISS-Above’s creator, Liam Kennedy has created a solution that tells you when the ISS is passing overhead. The device also has a built in web server that allows you to interact with ISS-Above in a number of ways including to tweet a message the ISS (and maybe, if they’re not too busy, get an answer). And yes, it has flashing lights too.
ISS-Above is a featured exhibitor at the San Diego Mini Maker Faire on December 7th where you can experience the device first hand. The plan is to have these devices spanning the globe to inspire children (and adults) to get involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Requests for installations are coming from across the USA and also places as far flung as Australia, UK, and Kenya.
Find out how you can make one yourself or purchase a pre-assembled ISS Above fully setup for your home location, go to http://ISSAbove.com.
The first public installation of ISS Above is available to view at The Ginger Corner Market in Pasadena, close to Caltech.
In October 2013, Liam Kennedy used his skills in coding, video production, live video-streaming and amateur astronomy to create the first ISS-Above. There are now 850+ ISS-Aboves worldwide tracking the International Space Station, delighting and inspiring people of all ages by displaying live video views of the Earth from the HD cameras on board the ISS, tweeting and keeping their owners in touch with everything that is going on with the ISS. Although the ISS-Above is a very geeky gadget – it is easy to install by anyone (you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to set one up).