Balloon Mapping Kit

This kit, offered for sale by Public Laboratory's nonprofit arm, is the result of experiments in DIY [balloon mapping]( They were available through the [Balloon Mapping Kits Kickstarter]( and now online through Breadpig. ###[Balloon Mapping Kits in the Public Lab store »]( The kit is based on the more in-depth description of balloon mapping kit materials here: ###Useful links### * [MapKnitter]( for stitching your aerial photos into online/digital maps * [The Public Laboratory Archive](/archive) - a repository of open data maps produced mostly with balloons and kites, by independent "grassroots mappers" * [Register](/join) on this site to take part in the growing Public Laboratory open source community and get support from other balloon mappers * [Kite mapping](/tool/kite-mapping) is a good alternative to balloons in areas where helium is hard to come by * Check out [near-infrared photography](/tool/near-infrared-camera) for using your kit with an additional infrared camera to analyze vegetation ###Each kit contains:### * A [Qualatex 5.5' (170cm) "Cloudbuster" Chloroprene balloon]( * latex/chloroprene (neoprene) mix, making it UV resistant, fairly tear resistant, and excellent at retaining helium. Two-four days of flights can be had with one filling of helium. * A custom-wound 8" or 9" hoop winder and 1000' (300m) of 110lb (50kg) line, [from Shanti Kites]( * We tracked these back to the factory and are having them custom wound. No other winder is sold with more than 500' of line. * [A pair of cotton work gloves palm-coated with rubber]( to get a grip while bringing the balloon in and prevent rope burns. * Three 170lb Coastlock [Mighty-Mini Snap Swivels]( we use these because they're the [only ones that are lead free]( (one spare) * Twenty #64 [latex-free rubber bands]( We use these because they don't get brittle in the cold like latex rubber bands. They are for the [camera rig]( (one spare) * 1.25" diameter [steel ring]( for attaching the balloon to the line. * Ten [reusable cable ties]( for closing the balloon. * A [carabiner]( for mooring. *Documentation The kit ships with paper documentation. ([all available on the Guides page for download]( The latest editions of: * Grassroots Mapping Guide * Balloon Mapping Quick Start Guide * Balloon Mapping Flight Checklists and Packing Lists * Kit contributors list * CERN Open Hardware License * Legal Indemnity & Safety warnings * Welcome to Public Laboratory getting started page * (not for first KS shipping, but for later kits?) a 1 page [Flight Log](/wiki/mapping-flight-log) **Weights** This is important for shipping/online sales: SKU, Description, Weight * BPIG-PLOTS-125RING 1.25" Dia. Steel Ring = .05 lbs. * BPIG-PLOTS-CABTIE 5.5" Reusable Cable Tie = <.05 lbs. * BPIG-PLOTS-CARAB GalvanizedSteel eye-ring Carabiner = .05 lbs. * BPIG-PLOTS-ELASTF #64 Latex Free Rubber Bands = <.05 lbs. * BPIG-PLOTS-LGLOVE Cotton Work Glove, Palm-Coated with Latex, Large = .10 lbs. * BPIG-PLOTS-NEOBAL 5.5' Chloroprene Balloon = .70 lbs. * BPIG-PLOTS-REEL 8" Hoop Winder with 1000ft 110# line = 1.10 lbs. * BPIG-PLOTS-SWIVL 170# test Mighty Mini All-Stainless Snap Swivel = <.05 lbs. **= 2.15 lbs total** Shipping costs end up being: * UPS Ground: $6.23 * USP 3-day select: $17.63 * USP 2nd day air: $25.77 * USP next day air: $63.18...

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Bronwen "@a1ahna Have you reached out to Into The Wind? They sell reels and line separately, but might be worth reaching out to see if they would do custo..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
stevie "This has become a real challenge! Adding in a couple more friends! @shanlter @liz " | Read more » over 2 years ago
warren "Hi, @nageshborse, for triggering, please check out #camera-triggering! " | Read more » almost 7 years ago
nageshborse "I watched your video - very useful. I didnt know how one will click the pictures ones it is up in the air " | Read more » almost 7 years ago
mathew "I got some error posting so I re-posted. My dashboard was only showing one note. Yes, this post should be deleted " | almost 7 years ago
warren "Hi, @mathew, is this a duplicate of this other activity? Just checking:" | almost 7 years ago
Hedgehopper "Hi, great simple Rig for KAP!! Where can I get or buy these Kit? Thanks Mirco " | Read more » about 7 years ago
mathew " " | Read more » over 7 years ago
mathew "Here's the same full size with the levels adjusted: " | Read more » over 7 years ago
mathew " This is 37% of the original panorama: " | Read more » over 7 years ago
mathew "Further panoramas from more recent flights " | Read more » over 7 years ago
ranon "Thanks, Chris! I used a Fusion 360 model with the full assembly in the "wireframe with visible edges only" visual style and took screenshots, th..." | Read more » over 7 years ago
cfastie "Ranon those are excellent assembly diagrams. Did you make those in Fusion 360? Is there a special mode for that? It looks like a week of work. Wel..." | Read more » over 7 years ago
hagitkeysar "I love the distorted grass image. " | Read more » over 7 years ago
ajawitz "I've been a major advocate for the Mobius in everything from Kite Aerial Photography to UAVs to even using it underwater! As for the lens distort..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
pablo "@Liz: I always use @eustatic research note data for distorting Mobius Action Cam imagery in GIMP (FOSS). For batch processing we should use GIMP b..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "It weighs so little that I just used duct tape to adhere a loop to the back. You probably don't want to cover the fake silver buttons as Mathew men..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
patcoyle "Nice. Lower cost per mapping session is beneficial. Any additional details on approaches to attach camera? Thanks for pointing out note with commen..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "Yes, although we'd love to make an automated utility in WebGL to do this too, maybe automatically in Mapknitter:" | Read more » over 8 years ago
liz "nice! do we have a simple workflow for processing the fisheye photos produced by Möbius into flatter images that can be stitched into maps? or is t..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "awesome! what is the gunk you're using to attach the camera? just tape? " | Read more » over 8 years ago
cschweik "Ok, email me on the price -- I think I will purchase through you (thanks for the single camera tray). Should I pay through your website? " | Read more » about 9 years ago
cfastie "Lifting two cameras with a Public Lab balloon requires that you fill the balloon to just about its capacity. I think it should be 5.5 feet in diame..." | Read more » about 9 years ago
cschweik "Hi Chris. Thanks for your continued interest in our project. We've got some ideas on trying to use photoshop to extract out water chestnut. We'll s..." | Read more » about 9 years ago