I am building a high altitude balloon and I need another way of bringing it down besides the balloon popping. I would like to regulate a battery pack with the GPIO on the Pi in order to heat a nichrome wire, severing a rope. The rope will not be super thick (< 1/4" diameter).
I am not sure what kind of batteries I would need to do this and I'm not sure how I can control the batteries with the GPIO. Information on the type of batteries I am going to need to sever the rope, how to control the batteries, and types of rope is greatly appreciated.