back to article Astro Pi 2: New Raspberry Pi hardware with updated camera, sensors to head to the ISS this year

Good news for earthbound Pi-tinkerers hoping to get their code into orbit: a follow-up to 2015's Astro Pi is due to head to the International Space Station (ISS) this year. Time has moved on a bit since the Principia mission of Tim Peake where the first units were installed aboard the orbiting outpost. While over 54,000 …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Pinky and the Brain !!!

    Are you pondering what I'm pondering?

    1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge
      Trollface

      Re: Pinky and the Brain !!!

      Narf!

    2. O RLY

      Re: Pinky and the Brain !!!

      I thnk so, Brain, but where are we going to find rubber pants our size!?

  2. werdsmith Silver badge

    I know the heatsink cases are probably milled aluminium and very expensive, but have somebody make a cheaper version for sale to us. Doesn't need to be flight qualified, just look the part.

    1. Old Used Programmer Silver badge

      Or alternate materials...

      I'll grant you that an aluminum case to act as a heat sink is a good idea, but it may be worth noting that people made plastic 3D printed versions of the original AstroPi cases.

      1. werdsmith Silver badge

        Re: Or alternate materials...

        Yes, I already have a 3D printed Astro pi case, nicely sprayed up to look like aluminium. Still would love a metal one though.

    2. Peter Mount

      They did say earlier that are working on 3D printable cases just like the original Astro PI case.

    3. Bartholomew

      I know it is probably not exactly what you are looking for, but I like the "heatsink case pi 4", which is two blocks of aluminium and 4 hexagonal screws that you sandwich the Pi between. Although to be fair, it is more of an optimal heat sink than an optimal case. Plug the above quoted words into your search engine of choice and click on images to see what I mean.

  3. Anonymous Custard Silver badge
    Boffin

    Time flies when you're in orbit...

    OK, how many of you read that Peak and the Principia mission was 6 years ago and did a double-take that it was that long ago already?

    Good to hear the update is going to happen though - those old uSD cards (or indeed are they SD cards?) must be showing as much wear and tear as the rest of the ISS is at the moment...

  4. MacGuru42
    Happy

    Can only be called

    Huey & Dewey

    1. Will Godfrey Silver badge
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      Re: Can only be called

      Said silently running away?

      1. The commentard formerly known as Mister_C Bronze badge
        Mushroom

        Re: Can only be called

        My first thought was Yes, but on reflection it's No. Just in case.

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        "Let there be light"

    2. Zenubi

      Re: Can only be called

      ORAC & GAMBIT

    3. jake Silver badge

      Re: Can only be called

      Heckle and Jeckle.

  5. Lon24 Silver badge

    'Excuse Me!

    Batteries? You mean this cutting edge of technology doesn't have USB charging sockets? Where did all those trillions go? I mean they could have commandeered Elon's Tesla launch, chucked Starman away and just plugged 'em into the dashboard. But don't even think of cannabalising the Tesla's SD storage 'cos ...

    1. Francis Boyle Silver badge

      The ISS is pretty old

      I think it only comes with cigarette lighter sockets.

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      2. Kevin Johnston

        Re: The ISS is pretty old

        Cigar lighters surely....cigarettes are just so passe

  6. Adrian 4 Silver badge

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