doc: Describe what sunlight does to MicroPeak and how to protect it
authorKeith Packard <>
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 21:47:56 +0000 (14:47 -0700)
committerKeith Packard <>
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 21:50:55 +0000 (14:50 -0700)
Show flight data from micropeak in sunlight, a picture of foam
installed on micropeak and the resulting data.

Signed-off-by: Keith Packard <>
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@@ -299,6 +299,43 @@ Keith Packard <>; Bdale Garbee <>
                        these applications, change in one application
                        will affect the other.
+== Protecting MicroPeak from Sunlight
+       The MS5607 barometric sensor is sensitive to direct light. When light
+       shines through the holes in the cover to the components inside, the
+       reported pressure can vary wildly from the actual pressure. This
+       causes the reported altitude to have errors of as much as 3000-4000
+       feet.
+       MicroPeak should be installed in an opaque compartment in the airframe
+       and not subjected to sunlight. Alternatively, a small piece of
+       adhesive-backed open-cell foam can be attached to the device so that
+       it covers the barometric sensor and protects it from direct light.
+       Here's what happens when MicroPeak is exposed to sunlight. At apogee,
+       I exposed MicroPeak to varying amounts of sunlight and you can see the
+       wild swings in altitude resulting from that:
+       .MicroPeak in Sunlight
+       image::micropeak-flight-nofoam.png[width=430]
+       You can carefully cutting a piece of adhesive-backed open-cell foam
+       and attach it to MicroPeak. It's important to press the adhesive to
+       the circuit board and not to the top of the barometric sensor or the
+       sensor may become blocked and not operate at all. Once you've attached
+       the foam, you should test MicroPeak on the ground to make sure it's
+       still working.
+       .MicroPeak with Foam
+       image::micropeak-foam.jpg[width=430]
+       That MicroPeak was in the same barometric chamber as the one which
+       generated the above results and the resulting flight data looks
+       correct:
+       .MicroPeak in Sunlight with Foam
+       image::micropeak-flight-foam.png[width=430]
 == Handling Precautions