This is probably one of the coolest and most unique use cases for Twilio I’ve ever seen. HacDC, a hacker space in Washington D.C., is using Twilio as part of their tracking and recovery system for a balloon/blimp they sent up to take pictures of the curvature of the Earth, with a black space backdrop on August 21st.
How HacDC is Using Twilio in Space
As explained in an email from Todd Fine earlier this week:
“Our package sends messages through APRS radio, https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Automatic_Packet_Reporting_System, which are then grabbed from a website and distributed to our recovery team through Twilio voice and SMS.”
During the launch and flight, participants could call (202) 559-1100 to follow along with the progress of the blimp and get live lat/long coordinates. As explained in this blog post:
It sounds like the launch was a success, and the pictures are great. Congratulations to the team, and thank you for using Twilio as part of your project.