I've been thinking lately about the problem of transmitting data from a high powered rocket to a ground station. Many people put cameras, GPS recievers, altimeters, and other telemetry devices on their rockets and in some applications it is useful to view this data in realtime. A solution that occured to me recently was to use a wireless ethernet bridge that operates in the 900 MHz or 2.4 GHz range (as made by AvaLAN for exampleNote that these devices are different than your run of the mill 802.11 wireless access points and have ranges up to 40 miles! With a small linux based computer onboard the rocket various devices could be connected to the ethernet bridge.
My simple question is whether this though has occured to any of you and if so, how did the final product work out and what was its performance like? Thanks!
-Zach Bailey MIT Rocket Team