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Balloon Mapping Kit

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/14397636@N07/7199086896/" title="balloonkitsquareIMG_4913 by mathew.lippincott, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5192/7199086896_660a6a0119.jpg" width="500" height="500" alt="balloonkitsquareIMG_4913"></a> This kit, offered for sale by Public Laboratory's nonprofit arm, is the result of experiments in DIY [balloon mapping](http://publiclaboratory.org/tool/balloon-mapping). They were available through the [Balloon Mapping Kits Kickstarter](http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1775485688/balloon-mapping-kits) and now online through Breadpig. ###[Balloon Mapping Kits in the Public Lab store &raquo;](http://store.publiclab.org/products/balloon-mapping-kit)### The kit is based on the more in-depth description of balloon mapping kit materials here: http://publiclaboratory.org/wiki/balloon-mapping-materials ###Useful links### * [MapKnitter](https://mapknitter.org) for stitching your aerial photos into online/digital maps * [The Public Laboratory Archive](/archive) - a repository of open data maps produced mostly with balloons and kites, by independent "grassroots mappers" * [Register](/join) on this site to take part in the growing Public Laboratory open source community and get support from other balloon mappers * [Kite mapping](/tool/kite-mapping) is a good alternative to balloons in areas where helium is hard to come by * Check out [near-infrared photography](/tool/near-infrared-camera) for using your kit with an additional infrared camera to analyze vegetation ###Each kit contains:### * A [Qualatex 5.5' (170cm) "Cloudbuster" Chloroprene balloon](http://www.qualatex.com/downloads/catalogs/06vbcat/cloudbuster.pdf) * latex/chloroprene (neoprene) mix, making it UV resistant, fairly tear resistant, and excellent at retaining helium. Two-four days of flights can be had with one filling of helium. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/14397636@N07/7199086968/" title="5.5' chloroprene rubber balloon (out of packaging) by mathew.lippincott, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7215/7199086968_9532572b5c.jpg" width="200" height="300" alt="5.5' chloroprene rubber balloon (out of packaging)"></a> * A custom-wound 8" or 9" hoop winder and 1000' (300m) of 110lb (50kg) line, [from Shanti Kites](http://shantikites.com/single-line-flying/shanti-hoops-yoyo-winders/) * We tracked these back to the factory and are having them custom wound. No other winder is sold with more than 500' of line. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/14397636@N07/7199086296/" title="shanti kites kite reel with 1000ft 110# dacron line by mathew.lippincott, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7226/7199086296_c5592ec6c1.jpg" width="200" height="200" alt="shanti kites kite reel with 1000ft 110# dacron line"></a> * [A pair of cotton work gloves palm-coated with rubber](http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/118/1774/=gb4i4a) to get a grip while bringing the balloon in and prevent rope burns. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/14397636@N07/7199086508/" title="latex coated cotton gloves by mathew.lippincott, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7080/7199086508_3c595f3e69.jpg" width="180" height="200" alt="latex coated cotton gloves"></a> * Three 170lb Coastlock [Mighty-Mini Snap Swivels](http://www.americanfishingwire.com/mmsnapswivels.asp) we use these because they're the [only ones that are lead free](http://publiclaboratory.org/notes/mathew/1-30-2012/lead-brass-snap-swivels) (one spare) <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/14397636@N07/7199085884/" title="mighty mini coastlock swivels by mathew.lippincott, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7100/7199085884_38c3f12802.jpg" width="200" height="200" alt="mighty mini coastlock swivels"></a> * Twenty #64 [latex-free rubber bands](http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/118/1986/=gb4i4q). We use these because they don't get brittle in the cold like latex rubber bands. They are for the [camera rig](http://publiclaboratory.org/wiki/pet-bottle-rubber-band-rig) (one spare) <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/14397636@N07/7199086104/" title="alliance brand synthetic rubber bands by mathew.lippincott, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7104/7199086104_64a58b37c0.jpg" width="200" height="200" alt="alliance brand synthetic rubber bands"></a> * 1.25" diameter [steel ring](http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/118/1425/=gb4i15) for attaching the balloon to the line. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/14397636@N07/7199086216/" title="1.25&quot; dia. welded steel ring by mathew.lippincott, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7079/7199086216_b4554eb897.jpg" width="200" height="200" alt="1.25&quot; dia. welded steel ring"></a> * Ten [reusable cable ties](http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/118/1520/=gb4i1e) for closing the balloon. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/14397636@N07/7199086790/" title="10 reusable cable ties by mathew.lippincott, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5445/7199086790_46a4318971.jpg" width="150" height="200" alt="10 reusable cable ties"></a> * A [carabiner](http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/118/1441/=gb4i15) for mooring. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/14397636@N07/7199086658/" title="carabiner by mathew.lippincott, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7076/7199086658_1c893f9ce2.jpg" width="150" height="200" alt="carabiner"></a> *Documentation The kit ships with paper documentation. ([all available on the Guides page for download](http://publiclaboratory.org/guides)) The latest editions of: * Grassroots Mapping Guide * Balloon Mapping Quick Start Guide * Balloon Mapping Flight Checklists and Packing Lists * Kit contributors list * CERN Open Hardware License * Legal Indemnity & Safety warnings * Welcome to Public Laboratory getting started page * (not for first KS shipping, but for later kits?) a 1 page [Flight Log](/wiki/mapping-flight-log) <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/14397636@N07/7199086358/" title="printed matter for balloon kit by mathew.lippincott, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7082/7199086358_0e1a656e25.jpg" width="150" height="200" alt="printed matter for balloon kit"></a> **Weights** This is important for shipping/online sales: SKU, Description, Weight * BPIG-PLOTS-125RING 1.25" Dia. Steel Ring = .05 lbs. * BPIG-PLOTS-CABTIE 5.5" Reusable Cable Tie = <.05 lbs. * BPIG-PLOTS-CARAB GalvanizedSteel eye-ring Carabiner = .05 lbs. * BPIG-PLOTS-ELASTF #64 Latex Free Rubber Bands = <.05 lbs. * BPIG-PLOTS-LGLOVE Cotton Work Glove, Palm-Coated with Latex, Large = .10 lbs. * BPIG-PLOTS-NEOBAL 5.5' Chloroprene Balloon = .70 lbs. * BPIG-PLOTS-REEL 8" Hoop Winder with 1000ft 110# line = 1.10 lbs. * BPIG-PLOTS-SWIVL 170# test Mighty Mini All-Stainless Snap Swivel = <.05 lbs. **= 2.15 lbs total** Shipping costs end up being: * UPS Ground: $6.23 * USP 3-day select: $17.63 * USP 2nd day air: $25.77 * USP next day air: $63.18...

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