Here's what you need to know to get the board up and running, configured to your requirements:

Physical Assembly 

How to physically attach the Pi In The Sky to your Raspberry Pi A+ or B+


SD Card

The Raspberry Pi boots from an SD card which needs to have the Pi In The Sky software installed on it, and set to automatically start tracking when it's powered on.  For this you will need a 4GB card or larger.  We strongly recommend use of an 8GB or larger card so there's plenty of space for photographs.

Please follow the instructions at the following link to set up the SD card.



How to connect the board to your Pi, the GPS and UHF aerials, power and external sensors:



You must set the "Payload ID" which differentiates your tracker from any others on the map at the same time.  This and other settings re described on the configuration page:

We have now released a beta version of our new configuration tool, to make it easier to understand and edit the pisky.txt configuration file.  See this page for how to use it.

Decoding The Data


Getting On The Map


Accessing Photographs from a PC




Stacking Guide


Astro Pi Sense HAT


Supported Hardware

The current (PITS+) board works with the model A+, B+ or V2 B Raspberry Pi.  We recommend the use of a B+ for development and an A+ for the flight.  The extra processing power of the V2 Pi is not required for this application.

The Pi B V3 is tested with RTTY only at this time.  LoRa and APRS will be tested soon.

The original PITS board works with the model A or B Raspberry Pi.  We recommend the use of a B for development, and an A for the flight itself.




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