If you can't get balloons, helium, or if it's just too windy (more than about 5mph or 10kph wind) for #balloon-mapping, consider lifting a camera up on a kite. Kites are cheap and available through most of the world, and they're easy to build if you can't find one big enough.
You can make a really big kite for just a few dollars in materials -- anywhere in the world! You don't need to buy or waste helium, and kite makers are everywhere -- kids are especially good at it.
It's a fun activity, and flying kites over and over is free, unlike using balloons!
Most kites need at least 5-10mph (10-15kph) wind, unless you use a design for very light winds -- and most need a bit more to carry a 200g camera very high.
Kites that are very efficiently designed can fly at a high angle -- more vertically. But if yours has lots of drag, it may fly at a lower angle -- more diagonally from the ground.
You need wind.
Kites can be designed for many purposes, but some things to balance are:
- cost and local availability of materials
- time/complexity of construction
- portability when not flying (does it fit in a car? a plane?)
- light-wind flying qualities
- heavy-wind flying qualities
- overall size and lifting ability
Where do conversations happen
The grassrootsmapping list -- subscribe in the left-side column!
|Prototyping a kite for kids||build||-||@oscarbrett||3h||easy||0 replications: Try it »|
|call it Delta, maybe||build||-||@astoicof||1h||easy||0 replications: Try it »|
|Make a simple mylar/trash bag delta kite||-||-||@warren||1h||easy||0 replications: Try it »|
|splitting bamboo for kites||build||-||@mathew||1h||easy||0 replications: Try it »|
|easy cut delta kite plans||build||-||@mathew||3h||easy||0 replications: Try it »|
|Curved Spar Sled Kite||-||-||@Ecta64||-||-||0 replications: Try it »|
|Replicating a 37 year old kite anemometer||-||-||@Ecta64||-||-||0 replications: Try it »|
|Stormy O. Weathers' Horned Allison- towards a kite wind speed meter||-||-||@mathew||-||-||0 replications: Try it »|
|Easy Kites for Kite Trains||build||-||@mathew||-||easy||0 replications: Try it »|
|Kite Construction: How bad can it get?||-||-||@mathew||-||-||0 replications: Try it »|
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Activities should include a materials list, costs and a step-by-step guide to construction with photos. Learn what makes a good activity here.
|What is the easiest and cheapest way to make a kite big enough to carry a camera?||@warren||about 1 month ago||0|
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- What types of data does the method produce (visual, numeric, graphs, charts)
- How to access the data, where is it kept, maintained, accessed, who can get it
- How does the data compare to other commercial methods or governmentally recognized methods?
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Updates on kite making
Lots has been published on this site about kite making over the years; some of this may be adaptable into activities to be listed above: