Kickstarter Gold: Balloon Mapping Kits

A project in New Orleans, LA by Public Lab

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A simple DIY kit to take aerial photographs of things that are important to you - from hundreds of feet up. The drone alternative!
Backers: 161
Average Pledge Per Backer: $76

Funded: $12,259 of $10,000
Dates: Jun 20th -> Jul 20th (30 days)
Project By: Public Lab
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Latest News

Final 24 Hours! What's Next?!

July 19th - via:
Grassroots Mapping Forum #4, CC BY-SA 3.0 Well, we've made it to the final 24 hours of this campaign, so if you are waiting to adopt your own squid kite (or any of our other aerial mapping kits, posters or booklets) now is your chance! Many thanks... (Read More)


July 17th - via:
You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00 00:00 Squid! We'd like to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to this campaign so far: we've met our goal and are looking... (Read More)

Infrared Photography with Kites and Balloons!

July 15th - via:
Multispectral images made with a two-camera visible/infrared kite photography rig from organizer cfastie. Click through to read more.   To get started with aerial photography, all you need is a camera that is capable of capturing images in... (Read More)

Now with cameras - crashproof & waterproof, and possibly WiFi

July 12th - via:
Hi, all - we finally decided we liked these little GoPro alternatives so much, with their crashproof and waterproof cases, that we ought to offer them as part of the kits.  We added a range of new options to the rewards just now, and you can now get... (Read More)

KITE KIT IN ACTION! Plus a lively Open Hour conversation about aerial mapping.

July 11th - via:
Public Lab member Scott Eustis took a kite kits out for a spin  at Bayou St John Wetland, and shared some of his findings in a research note and the video above.  We'd also like to thank everyone who joined us for Open Hour last night! We had a... (Read More)

Aerial Mapping Open Hour: Tonight at 8pm EST!

July 10th - via:
Public Lab hosts a monthly Open Hour online: it's a chance for people to get together to discuss tools or topics, and share work or questions with the community at large. Previous Open Hours have focused on Landfill Monitoring, Art in Environmental... (Read More)

Using Kites and Balloons To Map Invasive Species

July 7th - via:
Near Infrared image of the Louisiana Nature Center  Mapping can be a great way to capture images of where invasive species have taken hold in an ecosystem. Amelia Legaux and mappers in New Orleans published images of the Louisiana Nature Center, an... (Read More)

Camera Rigs! Attaching your camera to your kite or balloon.

July 6th - via:
Congrats! You've got a kite or balloon kit, and now you're ready to attach a camera! If you're using a point and shoot camera on one of our classic kits, you might want to take a look at some of the rigs we've developed to keep things steady up in... (Read More)

Help collaboratively write the new Pocket Guide to Grassroots Mapping

July 6th - via:
As we gear up for the launch of our new Mini Kite and Balloon Kits, we're looking to revisit, revise, and update one of our most classic collaborative works -- the Guide to Grassroots Mapping with Balloons and Kites. From early on, this illustrated... (Read More)

Mapping Protests with Kites and Balloons

July 5th - via:
Occupy Oakland Whether surrounding the perimeter of the Alberta Tar Sands, or marching in the streets of Santiago, balloon and kite aerial photography has been used by demonstrators to document and broadcast their mass actions. “

We wanted to... (Read More)

Project of the Day + stories of balloon and kite mapping in education

June 30th - via:
Cindy Regalado and students in the Waag Society's Eclectis program launch a kite mapping rig in Amsterdam  Today we are honored to be Kickstarter's Project of the Day! The Kickstarter team has long been a big supporter of our work -- thanks! In... (Read More)

Challenges, questions and problem-solving together: choosing cameras!

June 27th - via:
What cameras are light enough to fly on these balloons? Thanks for a terrific first week! 47% in our first seven days is awesome -- thanks for your support.  We've mentioned both that Public Lab is dedicated to collaborative work, and that the new... (Read More)

Balloon and Kite Mapping Stories, Part 1 -- plus, 33%!

June 22nd - via:
Balloon mapping at a Stormwater workshop Wow, we'd first like to thank everyone for our first 2 days -- it's very exciting to be at 33% of our goal so early in the campaign! Special thanks to everyone who's helped with outreach -- as a community... (Read More)

Getting Started: Balloon And Kite Mapping With Public Lab!

June 21st - via:
Open Source communities are built on sharing. In Public Lab, our members are generous with their skills, time, ideas, and support, so every time you visit our website, join one of our email lists, or attend a local or regional event, you will have... (Read More)

Quick update with more "combo" reward levels

June 21st - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

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