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Balloon Mapping the UK Campus

by jeremy | December 05, 2011 15:34 05 Dec 15:34 | #612 | #612

The UK campus is getting mapped--with helium-filled balloons!

As part of an ongoing project associated with the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOTS) UK geography faculty and students have begun to map the campus from the air using balloons. The balloons, which are filled with lighter than air helium gas, are "tethered" with lengths of kite twine, to which a special camera rig (made from a recycled plastic soda bottle) is attached.

The camera dangles down and is set to take pictures every second. The pictures can then be "stitched" together in the PLOTS Map Knitter site.

This results in a composite image of the campus, which can be extended over time as more balloon missions are flown.

Follow our progress on the New Maps website!


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