Kite Mapping

Kite mapping is similar to balloon mapping, but uses kites to lift cameras to take aerial photographs. With kites and a 5-20 mph wind, many of the objectives of balloon mapping are possible without helium or balloons. If you want to map a site with consistent winds, you may be in luck!

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Determining wind direction with a kite and compass

by mathew 10 months ago | 1 | 249 | 2

During [PM hotspot monitoring](

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SkyPod endurance test

by cfastie 10 months ago | 0 | 281 | 1

*Above: After letting the SkyPod record data all afternoon in the yard (boring), I took it for a ...

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Stitching Images into Maps with MapKnitter

by warren 11 months ago | 0 | 311 | 2

Once you have collected your images, you should set aside a block...

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Rubber band and PET bottle camera rig

by mathew about 1 year ago | 2 | 192 | 4

This activity replaces the PET Bottle Rig wiki page. The P...

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Build a juice bottle-based rig to carry two cameras

by warren about 1 year ago | 0 | 128 | 1

This (old) guide shows how to make a protective case large enough for [two synchronized cameras](...

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Maps without borders: Stories of civic science in action

by Cindy_ExCites about 1 year ago | 0 | 109 | 2

This storytelling exhibition showcases powerful aerial maps created by citizens using [kites, bal...

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Beaufort Wind Scale Comic, 1906

by mathew about 1 year ago | 4 | 238 | 3

The [Beaufort Scale][1] is a means of measuring wind speed by visual inspection of indirect facto...

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Add GPS logging to a Saturn V Rig

by cfastie about 1 year ago | 1 | 233 | 2

The Adafruit Ultimate GPS breakout board was [reasonably easy to get working][1] in no small part...

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Adding GPS logging to a kite or balloon aerial photography rig

by cfastie about 1 year ago | 0 | 275 | 3

_Above: A GPS board mounted on a Saturn V Rig. The module is powered by the existing battery on t...

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High wind range tailless sled kite design

by Ecta64 over 1 year ago | 0 | 540 | 2

found a interesting sled kite derivation in a .PDF freely available on the Drachen Foundation web...

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Aerial mapping a reclaimed landfill

by cfastie over 1 year ago | 0 | 587 | 3

*Above: A high point on the capped surface of the retired municipal landfill at Bristol, VT. At r...

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Fly a small camera on a very portable (squid-shaped) sled kite

by warren over 1 year ago | 8 | 600 | 1

I set out to test out a setup pretty similar to the [Mini Kite Kit](https://store.publiclab.or...

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Kite Aerial Remote Sensing (KARS) - Thermal Infra-Red.

by John_Wells over 1 year ago | 8 | 595 | 4

In 2013 we formalised our donations of aerial photograph...

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Curved Spar Sled Kite

by Ecta64 over 1 year ago | 0 | 540 | 2

In 1973 Ray Holland was granted a patent for a curved spar sled kite. The idea behind the design ...

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Flight report: Aerobee Rig panoramas and pratfalls

by mathew over 1 year ago | 4 | 542 | 4

Last week I got a chance to test out an old favorite of mine-- flying off wind with asymmetrical ...

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Notes on assembling an Aerobee Rig

by mathew over 1 year ago | 31 | 661 | 0

I purchased an Aerobee rig from the [KAPtery](http:/...

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Outlining needed kite tutorials

by mathew over 1 year ago | 7 | 801 | 2

photo: @stevie Kites are one of the least expensive and most reliable ways to get aerial photo...

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ideal mechanisms & silly putty camera rig

by mathew over 1 year ago | 2 | 623 | 1

@Ranon is working on a [silly putty and rubber band powered automatic pan and tilt rigging for c...

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Aerial Photography Rigging Needs

by mathew over 1 year ago | 0 | 580 | 0

I want to assess our community's aerial photography rig needs for kite, balloon, and pole mapping...

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Square Plastic Rod KAP Rig

by ranon over 1 year ago | 0 | 622 | 1


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Plastic Tubing Oblique KAP Rig

by ranon over 1 year ago | 0 | 594 | 1


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dronecopter vs kite evaluation: Bayou St John June 5th 2016

by eustatic over 1 year ago | 0 | 635 | 2

Compare time spent, quality, and expense of Kite photos of Bayou St John wetland vs photos ...

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Kite Construction: How bad can it get?

by mathew over 1 year ago | 1 | 715 | 0

I'm interested in workshopping Stormy Weathers' Horned Allison Sled Kite....

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Jim Day's Picavet rigging on my Saturn V

by mathew over 1 year ago | 0 | 756 | 1

I'm a big fan of my Kaptery Saturn V rig. and have rec...

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