Public Lab Research note


Flight Report

by ranon | July 18, 2016 20:30 | 140 views | 5 comments | #13298 | 140 views | 5 comments | #13298 18 Jul 20:30

Read more: i.publiclab.org/n/13298


Pole Mapping

We started off by using a pole mapping kit to photograph all of the kite and balloon gear we brought to test.

P_20160713_163530.jpg

IMG_4072.jpg

It also functions as the world's longest selfie stick!

portlandslefie.jpg

First Kite Flight

Next, we flew the 9-foot Dazzle Delta kite, which is included in the kite mapping kits.

P_20160712_164859_HDR.jpg

We used Chris Fastie's latest KAPtery rig, the Aerobee. We tested the JerkPan tilt mechanism, which allows the rig to turn with a tug on the line.

IMG_4146.jpg

IMG_4159.jpg

IMG_4122_-_IMG_4169_blended_fused.jpg Unfortunately, due to the uniformity of the grass field we photographed and the low camera angle, a successful panorama could not be stitched.

Second Kite Flight

1P9A7235.JPG

For our next flight, we flew the purple Dopero kite. We used a reconfigurable rig with a silly putty tilt mechanism.

IMG_4258.jpg

IMG_4264.jpg

Unfortunately, due to some friction points in the silly putty tilt mechanism, it had a tendency to take more photos at specific angles, with other angles being spotty.

CRW_4197_-_IMG_4265_blended_fused.jpg

We were able to capture about 180-200 degrees of coverage from the photos, which I stitched into this panorama.

Balloon Flight

The following morning we conducted a balloon rig test. The balloon we used was a polyethylene balloon filled with 60 cu. ft. of helium.

We attached a reconfigurable rig with silly putty tilt mechanism, with modifications from the previous flight which included the use of two rubber bands and added silly putty, as well as added tubing on the inner two hubs that connect the camera platform.

Balloon.jpg

With a broader range images captured, (and after some experience with photo stitching software) I was able to stitch a 360 degree panorama from the photos on this flight.

Full_Panorama.jpg

Orbital_Panorama.jpg


5 Comments

I love the distorted grass image.

Reply to this comment...


Further panoramas from more recent flights 28866493391_f51c790729_o.jpg

Reply to this comment...


28323968824_aab41b5e2f_o.jpg

This is 37% of the original panorama: https://www.flickr.com/photos/136076606@N02/28323968824/in/dateposted-public/

Reply to this comment...


Here's the same full size with the levels adjusted:

28323968824_aab41b5e2f_o_level_adjust.jpg

Reply to this comment...


28866493391_f51c790729_o_levels.jpg

Reply to this comment...


Login to comment.

Public Lab is open for anyone and will always be free. By signing up you'll join a diverse group of community researchers and tap into a lot of grassroots expertise.

Sign up