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Picavet Rigging



Jessi Breen's Picavet

The Picavet rig has a long history-- developed in the 19th century for kite aerial photography and rediscovered in the 1980's. It uses a continuous loop of string through four points on a platform and 2 or 4 points above to automatically level a platform.

Quality commercial kits are available from Brooks Leffler, KapShop and Kaptery

Several mappers have built simple variations of the Picavet:

For those with access to laser cutters, Myles has made a laser-cut picavet rigging that mounts on a bottle top. His most ingenious innovation is the use of bike chain links as pulleys.


balloon-mapping kite-mapping photo-rig