More like near space. This is a project I am undertaking with my son, and possibly my daughter when she gets a little older, right now she is 3 and could care less about space.
This project started a few months ago when my son and I were looking at youtube and found a video of some one that sent a Lego space shuttle into space with the assistance of a weather balloon. He wanted to do the same thing and I also thought it would be a fun project to try. My thing is I dont want to just send a Lego creation and a camera, that has already been done.
Here comes the Pi in space! I want to send a craft into near space. I of course want to film the trip and see the curve of the earth and the black of space. Durring these missions I want to also monitor certain conditions of the craft such as barometric pressure (for altitude readings) and temp. I want to have this data logged via a timed stamp. Now this would need a computer of some type and a IO board as well. My research lead me to the Raspberry and gertboard. I believe these are 2 perfect platforms to create my project, learn about space with my son and have some fun.
I have myself on the waiting list for the next batch of boards, and when I get it the project will offically start.