⭐ Double-check the your PyCubed board version before updating firmware.
PyCubed is an open-source, radiation-tested small satellite framework programmable entirely in CircuitPython. Capable of all standard operating functions a small satellite might need, the PyCubed mainboard provides University and hobbyist teams an entirely open-source and sate-of-the-art hardware and software avionics solution for their satellite missions without having to spend tens of thousands of dollars for antiquated commercial products.
Yet PyCubed’s greatest value is its ease of programming & immense documentation. With nearly 100 detailed write-ups and tutorials, PyCubed’s online resources are available to everyone and even include a step-by-step guide that walks you from unboxing and LED blinking all the way through full-featured mission software examples.
Tutorials and Resources
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This is the latest stable release of CircuitPython that will work with the PyCubedv04.
Use this release if you are new to CircuitPython.
Built-in modules available: _asyncio, _pixelmap, adafruit_bus_device, adafruit_pixelbuf, aesio, alarm, analogio, array, atexit, audiocore, audioio, audiomixer, audiomp3, binascii, bitbangio, board, builtins, builtins.pow3, busio, busio.SPI, busio.UART, collections, countio, digitalio, errno, floppyio, frequencyio, getpass, i2ctarget, io, json, math, microcontroller, msgpack, neopixel_write, nvm, onewireio, os, os.getenv, pulseio, pwmio, rainbowio, random, re, rotaryio, rtc, samd, sdcardio, select, storage, struct, supervisor, synthio, sys, time, touchio, traceback, ulab, usb_cdc, usb_hid, usb_midi, watchdog, zlib
Included frozen(?) modules: adafruit_register, neopixel
Every time we commit new code to CircuitPython we automatically build binaries for each board and language. The binaries are stored on Amazon S3, organized by board, and then by language. These releases are even newer than the development release listed above. Try them if you want the absolute latest and are feeling daring or want to see if a problem has been fixed.
Previous Versions of CircuitPython
All previous releases of CircuitPython are available for download from Amazon S3 through the button below. For very old releases, look in the OLD/ folder for each board. Release notes for each release are available at GitHub button below.
Older releases are useful for testing if you something appears to be broken in a newer release but used to work, or if you have older code that depends on features only available in an older release. Otherwise we recommend using the latest stable release.
Update UF2 Bootloader
Latest version: v3.15.0
The bootloader allows you to load CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino programs. The bootloader is not CircuitPython. You can check the current version of your bootloader by looking in the INFO_UF2.TXT file when the BOOT drive is visible (FEATHERBOOT, CPLAYBOOT, etc.).
It is not necessary to update your bootloader if it is working fine. Read the release notes on GitHub to see what has been changed. In general, we recommend you not update the bootloader unless you know there is a problem with it or a support person has asked you to try updating it.
To update, first save the contents of CIRCUITPY, just in case. Then double-click the reset button to show the BOOT drive. Drag the update-bootloader .uf2 file to the BOOT drive. Wait a few tens of seconds for the bootloader to update; the BOOT drive will reappear. After you update, check INFO_UF2.TXT to verify that the bootloader version has been updated. Then you will need to reload CircuitPython.