The Sensor Situation

Hi everyone, since our last test we have been working on connecting our “weather station” sensor to our ship-board computer.  It is an impressive piece of technology that can tell us:

  • Wind speed and direction
  • Magnetic compass heading
  • Temperature and humidity
  • Location and velocity with GPS
  • Barometric pressure
  • The pitch and roll of the boat

Decoding what sort of data is being sent and parsing it has been more difficult than expected, but it is nearly accomplished.  It will be mounted to the very top of the mast for best results, and a cable will run inside the mast to carry its data. A second weather station will also be mounted on the boat to provide a back up, should something happen to the primary one.

The weather station mounted to the mast