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pyRockBLOCK provides super-simple commands enabling you to send and receive messages with just a few lines of code; without having to worry about the nitty-gritty of messing around with Serial Ports, AT commands, signal strength, calculating checksums, retry strategies or making the perfect coffee (only joking, it doesn’t do the latte, err doesn…

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The RockBLOCK Mk2 is one awesome module. It literally houses everything you need to send and receive data from anywhere on the planet (Iridium satellite modem, compact antenna and power circuitry) in a module smaller than the Raspberry Pi (the de facto measuring implement for these kind of things) at an equally micro price of £159/€199/$269 – available to buy online from Rock 7

This product has already been widely adopted by the Arduino community, with many happy RockBLOCK’ers thanks to Mikal Hart’s C++ IridiumSBD library; but I couldn’t find anything specifically for the many Python Raspberry Pi users… Fear not, inspired by Mikal’s library, and copious amounts of Columbia’s finest, coffee that is, I’ve created… pyRockBLOCK. The super-simple library that makes sending and receiving messages via satellite as simple as: sendMessage(“Hello World”) and requestMessageCheck().

pyRockBLOCK will work on pretty much anything that runs Python; so you’ll be up and running with just a few lines of code, which will give you plenty of time to 3D print your very own Raspberry Pi X RockBLOCK case or create all manner of crazy UAV’s, High Altitude Balloons and Ocean Sensing Buoys using your RockBLOCK!

Full tutorial available at: http://www.makersnake.com/rockblock/

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pyRockBLOCK provides super-simple commands enabling you to send and receive messages with just a few lines of code; without having to worry about the nitty-gritty of messing around with Serial Ports, AT commands, signal strength, calculating checksums, retry strategies or making the perfect coffee (only joking, it doesn’t do the latte, err doesn…

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