This activity replaces the PET Bottle Rig wiki page. The P...
|KAPtery Aerial Rigs||15 days ago by cfastie||3||4,579||15|
|Kite making||3 months ago by warren||5||155||2|
|Reconfigurable Rig||6 months ago by mathew||6||439||0|
|Balloon Mapping Guide||8 months ago by abdul||6||3,971||6|
|Aerial Balloon Mapping||8 months ago by abdul||29||6,284||8|
|NDVI from the PLOTS near infrared camera||about 1 year ago by cfastie||35||37,716||2|
|Pendulum Rig Kit Documentation||about 1 year ago by tonyc||7||2,052||2|
|Aerial Imagery in the Public Domain||about 1 year ago by eustatic||6||4,359||11|
|How to Map||over 1 year ago by stevie||13||10,477||10|
|Revealing the Invisible in Spain||almost 2 years ago by MollyDanielsson||2||2,750||7|
|Protest Mapping by Oscar Brett||almost 2 years ago by MollyDanielsson||6||2,008||1|
|Vadi Asbestonim||about 2 years ago by asbest||27||4,180||7|
|GLAM Two-Tether Balloon Method: navigating urban waterways||about 2 years ago by MollyDanielsson||3||3,676||6|
|Sky Camera||over 2 years ago by mercyorangi||12||13,021||14|
|Youth Balloon Mapping Workshop Curriculum||over 2 years ago by warren||3||3,572||8|
|Mapping Curriculum: High Altitude Mapping||almost 3 years ago by gonzoearth||8||4,058||0|
|Helium||about 3 years ago by warren||9||7,738||81|
|Kingsland Park||over 3 years ago by gdotoli||1||3,677||0|
|Vermont Public Lab Organizing: Toxics Action Center and Public Lab!||over 3 years ago by cfastie||10||6,282||1|
|Balloon Mapping Media||almost 4 years ago by warren||4||5,443||1|
|3d Mapping||almost 4 years ago by warren||3||4,535||0|
|North Shore, Mass, Mapping Meetup: Pavilion Beach, Ipswich -- April 6, 2013||almost 4 years ago by wward1400||18||13,252||0|
|Tidmarsh Farms meetup||over 4 years ago by pablo||18||6,330||0|
|State of the Map, my slides & notes||over 4 years ago by mathew||1||4,116||0|
|Canon A495 Tips||over 4 years ago by cfastie||14||9,417||12|
|Bamboo/tyvek kite and solar balloon construction workshop||over 4 years ago by liz||32||10,275||0|
|dual camera trigger||almost 5 years ago by mathew||4||5,759||1|
|GrassrootsMappingBelizeMarch5||almost 5 years ago by warren||2||2,732||2|
|GrassrootsMappingBelizeFeb25||almost 5 years ago by warren||2||2,699||3|
|GrassrootsMappingBelizeFeb21||almost 5 years ago by warren||2||2,744||3|
Our whole toolkit is linked out below, but really fast:
These tools are being developed to provide a low cost, easy to use, and safe methods for making maps and aerial images. Over the last two years, we’ve built a global community of mappers who are engaged in discussion around the development and use of this tool and others.
Normally aerial maps are made from satellites and airplanes. The balloon and kite ground-based approach introduces an on-demand capability where events or environmental conditions are mapped at a specific moment in time. Our community is particularly interested in applying this to civic and environmental issues.
Maps are often used by those in power to exert influence over territory, or control territorial narratives. "Grassroots mapping" attempts to invert this dynamic by using maps as a mode of communication and as evidence for an alternative, community-owned definition of a territory. To date, our tools have been used to contest official maps or rhetoric by enabling communities to map sites that are not included in official maps. In Lima Peru, members of an informal settlement developed maps of their community as evidence of their habitation, while on the Gulf Coast of the US, locally produced maps of oil are being used to document damage that is underreported by the state.
Browse maps and data generated with this technique in the Public Laboratory Archive
A short video by Mathew Lippincott on setting up and launching your balloon.
Residents of the Gulf Coast are using balloons and kites to produce their own aerial imagery of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill… documentation that will be essential for environmental and legal use in coming years. We believe in complete open access to spill imagery and are releasing all imagery from the oil spill mapping project into the public domain. Browse maps and data from the Gulf Coast and elsewhere in the Public Laboratory Archive
You can also read many stories about these tools in use around the world at the Public Lab Stories page
Our aerial mapping toolkit is a simplified kite and balloon aerial photography system for easy and accessible high-resolution map-making. The tookit consists of:
Flight platforms: Assembling a balloon kit will cost from $100-200, including helium.
The Public Laboratory Balloon Mapping Kit is assembled from our preferred parts.
For alternative and low-cost materials, see the Balloon Mapping Materials page.
For kites, see Kite Mapping
Camera housings: Single Line systems: The PET Bottle & Rubber Band Rig wraps around the small and medium sized cameras (up to micro 4/3) for crash protection while firmly mounting it in a position for vertical images.
For heavy cameras, a Trash Can Rig offers more protection.
Multiple Line Systems: these are more complex to build but can provide added stability, especially useful for video. Several people have created Picavet rigs.
Cameras: A small camera that supports continuous shooting mode and a large storage card, or an excellent camera phone are our preferred options.
Useful guides: Our latest guides can always be found on the Guides page, including:
The four-page Grassroots Mapping Guide
We also maintain a guide to FAA regulations page.
Curricula and workshops: Our Curriculum-Guide covers the entire process and some theory behind mapping. It is still in beta.