[Olsr-users] Hello from Pirate Party Sweden

Erik Lönroth (spam-protected)
Thu Nov 11 16:15:47 CET 2010

This is more than interesting! Are you a part of this project or do
you know those guys ?

Anyway, we are currently about to setup the first test for olsr to see
what results we get on performance and connectivity bahaviour.

Also, we know about the problems with the distances/altitude, we
definetly know we have to limit this. The big question is how.


On Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 1:45 AM, Kim Hawtin <(spam-protected)> wrote:
> Hi Erik,
> Some of the local HAMs have been working on a similar balloon project.
> The build info and flight details might be useful;
>  http://projecthorus.org/
> They are tracking their balloon on 70cm using APRS. This is a licensed radio
> band, around 430MHz but the ideas are still relevant. They have been adding
> more gear to each successive balloon launch. The main issue you will have
> with your wifi router is the amount of RF noise as you get higher, seeing a
> greater number of wifi devices.
> Another issue you will face is the distance from ground to balloon. Project
> Horus has regularly gone above 30 kilometers above sea level.
> Ethernet/wifi isn't particularly reliable over 20 kilometers, IME. So you
> may have some issues with connectivity.
> Sounds like fun =)
> regards,
> Kim
> Erik Lönroth wrote:
>> Hello!
>> I would like to say hello to the list and introduce myself. Excuse me
>> for taking up your time.
>> I'm a local activist in the Swedish Pirate Party in a small town in
>> Sweden called Södertälje.
>> I'm currently involved in a project that aims to send up a baloon with
>> a wifi router (openWRT) as high up in the atmosphere as possible. The
>> wifi-router will have a somewhat better antenna to test how far
>> connectivity can be achieved.
>> The second goal for this baloon is be modified to survive for a very
>> long time, fully operational on its own, powered by solar panels and
>> drifting by the wind only.
>> On-board, we are currently investigating the olsrd software as coming
>> along, aswell as a small website. The intention is to provide a
>> network connection to all that can reach the baloon with wifi.
>> Ideally, "the baloon" also provides "old internet" access but we don't
>> know currently if this is achievable by the use of olrsd. We haven't
>> tried out olsr out enough yet to know exactly how this could be done.
>> Anyway, if you think that this is something interesting. We are happy
>> to get in contact with people that are experienced in setting up olsrd
>> in such a way that it is easy to let users (novice ones) join it with
>> as little effort as possible.
>> Thanx for your time! Hope to hear from you.
>> /Erik

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