Price: $499 USD


The Swarm Eval Kit transmits and receives data using Swarm’s space network to provide connectivity from anywhere on Earth.

Each Eval Kit  includes the following components:

  • Swarm Tile + VHF antenna
  • Solar Panel
  • 3 rechargeable 18650 batteries
  • Integrated ground plane
  • FeatherS2 – ESP32 board
  • Adafruit FeatherWing OLED
  • Tripod

The Eval Kit PCB is designed to provide the developer with an easy to use platform, with the included Feather and FeatherWing boards, a USB-C port, I2C port for optional additional sensors, and more.

Specifications

Satellite dataTransmit/receive messages in less than 5 minutes (Q1-2022)
Dimensions32 x 26 x 8 cm (not including tripod /antenna)
Mass2.6kg
Primary componentsSwarm Tile + VHF antenna
Solar Panel + integrated ground plane
FeatherS2 – ESP32 board
Adafruit FeatherWing OLED Screen
3 rechargeable 18650 batteries
GPS Flex antenna
Tripod
SensorsOnboard GPS (lat/lon/alt)
1 pulse per second signal
Temperature sensor
Power9 W solar panel, USB-C charger
31 Whr battery (3 x 18650 cells)
Unregulated 4.2V battery output for external
sensors or devices
I2C with optional 3V3 pull-ups and a 3V3 regulated output
24 hr lifetime on batteries only (WiFi on)
ProtocolModified NMEA two-letter command set
Bit rate1 kbps
Maximum packet size is 192 bytes

FAQs

Q: What’s in the Swarm Eval Kit?
A: Each Eval Kit purchase includes a solar panel + battery charger, integrated ground plane, and a tripod.
We also made the kit compact and robust to fit our customer needs. 

Q: What components are on the Eval Board?
A: Each Eval Kit hosts  a Swarm Tile (on a swappable mPCIe board), a FeatherS2 – ESP32 board and FeatherWing OLED screen, GPS antenna, and rechargeable batteries.

Q: Are the Eval Kits enabled with 2-way data transfer?
A: No. 2-way data transfer is available for commercial Swarm Tiles.

Q: Is the Eval Kit weatherproof?
A: Yes! We use an IP68 rated waterproof enclosure ready for field test or deployment

Q: How do I send  data using the Eval Kit?
A: Users can send via the Eval Kit using a 1-click web messaging app or over a Wifi/Serial connection, and can receive data by email or the in Swarm user web UI. The Eval Kit product is a 1-way data transfer product. 2-way data transfer is available for commercial Swarm Tiles.

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