Overview of the content

This lesson includes an overview and discussion of Raspberry Pi and the camera system. 

NOTE: This lesson is quite technical in nature and will be most useful once you have received your team’s camera equipment. Until then, you can use it as a preview of the work you will do once this equipment is in hand.

See also Lesson 8 which has downloadable instruction manuals for the Raspberry Pi video system and the Ubiquiti Radio config files

Learning objectives

After completing this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Setup and operate Raspberry Pi and the Camera System


3D printed case for Insta 360 camera and extra battery

Raspberry Pi ArduCam System instructions

NEW 9/21/23: Download the files for boxes

ArduCam System Build and Instruction Manual by Noah Netz, MSU BOREALIS team. [Download from NEBP Google Drive; posted 6/28/23]

Notes and prerequisites:

  • Older tutorials for the Raspberry Pi had to have the SD card reimaged. This is no longer the case.
  • Ensure that the ground plate has been modified.
  • Ensure that the Ubiquiti radio is programmed.

See also updated ArduCam System Instruction Manual posted 6/7/23. Originally created by Chris Long and Tristan Sampley, edited by Noah Netz.

Raspberry Pi and ArduCam Ground Plane Modification Instructions. Created by Noah Netz, MSGC BOREALIS at Montana State University. Posted 6/7/23

All three instruction manuals and the template are downloadable from the NEBP Google Drive.

Tips for improving photography on balloon flights

This presentation and accompanying slide deck offers additional information on improving photography on your balloon flights, including things that could go wrong, recommendations for stabilizing the camera, and camera suggestions.

Tips for Standalone Video Photography on Stratospheric Balloon Flights - by Dr. James Flaten, Minnesota Space Grant Consortium. [YouTube video, 34:10, closed captioned]


Download the related slide deck here -- the video mentions slides 14-18 and slide 11. [NEBP Google Drive]


Installing and Configuring Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) to Stream Pi Cam Video to YouTube

NEW 9/14/23: This guide by Noah Netz, MSU BOREALIS team, will walk you through the process of using OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) to stream video from a Raspberry Pi camera (Pi Cam) to YouTube. Download from the NEBP Google Drive.



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