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Sled kite video rig

by jmgianca | August 15, 2013 05:01 15 Aug 05:01 | #9014 | #9014

What I want to do

Tomorrow is the test of my newly made 4' sled kite and video camera rig. First I'll have to stabilize the kite by making a tail then I'll see if it is strong enough to lift the 1# rig.

The location is on the shore of lake michigan so there should be a decent breeze.

The goal is to determine the requirements for stable video and change the rigging system accordingly. I expect pretty shaky video the first time around.

I think the main limitation this setup has right now is weight; the camera is relatively heavy. It may make up for that in duration of recording, but we'll find that out soon.

rig-side.jpg

sony handycam camcorder in 1gal jug with stabilizing fairings.

sledkite.jpg

0.7 mil plastic sheeting and 3/16" dowels, strung up with 30# test nylon line for now.


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Looks like a great rig, very sturdy! Where are you planning to map?

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I was in Saugatuck MI in the state park. Unfortunately the wind was all but nonexistent while I was there and I was never able to get the kite in the air for more than a couple of seconds. The forecast looks weak for this weekend as well; so at best I will be able to fine tune the kite, but I doubt I will be able to launch the rig.

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