Kite Aerial Photography


Proof of Concept Rig


After finishing my 5m^2 lifter kite, it was time to put its payload to the test.


Blue tarp 5m^2 lifter kite at altitude








Simple first concept: $5 Camera taped to stabalization stick, actuated via 100' fishing line


Concept 2



Aerial view of local middleschool from 200ft. Bay visible on the horizon.





Second concept: $5 camera taped to stabilization stick, actuated via cordless phone

Shortly after taking the last image from 200ft, the main kite line broke sending the camera and cordless phone plumetting. 
After reattaching components jettisoned upon impact, everything worked fine.

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