Balloon Mapping Kit

This kit, offered for sale by Public Laboratory's nonprofit arm, is the result of experiments in DIY [balloon mapping]( They were available through the [Balloon Mapping Kits Kickstarter]( and now online through Breadpig. ###[Balloon Mapping Kits in the Public Lab store »]( The kit is based on the more in-depth description of balloon mapping kit materials here: ###Useful links### * [MapKnitter]( 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]( * 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 custom-wound 8" or 9" hoop winder and 1000' (300m) of 110lb (50kg) line, [from Shanti Kites]( * 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 pair of cotton work gloves palm-coated with rubber]( to get a grip while bringing the balloon in and prevent rope burns. * Three 170lb Coastlock [Mighty-Mini Snap Swivels]( we use these because they're the [only ones that are lead free]( (one spare) * Twenty #64 [latex-free rubber bands]( We use these because they don't get brittle in the cold like latex rubber bands. They are for the [camera rig]( (one spare) * 1.25" diameter [steel ring]( for attaching the balloon to the line. * Ten [reusable cable ties]( for closing the balloon. * A [carabiner]( for mooring. *Documentation The kit ships with paper documentation. ([all available on the Guides page for download]( 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) **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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cfastie "Ally and @cschweik, That's great new stuff on the wiki page. Nice photos of water chestnut. Were you able to get the RGB camera working? I have a..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
cfastie "Yikes, that's not good. Let me know if you need help getting a replacement camera. There are several on ebay now and I think I have another one here. " | Read more » over 8 years ago
aferland "Chris we figured out why it wasn't taking pictures but then when we were out trying to fly balloon we thought going into canoe would be a good idea..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
cfastie "Ally, It is the kite that should be flying at least 100 feet high before you attach the camera rig to the line. The camera can be attached to the l..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
liz "Fantastic documentation! Love the project goals. Keep us posted! " | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "oh shoot I missed that. they looked like straight ties. thanks. " | Read more » over 8 years ago
cfastie "The ones I linked to have the hole in one end that the other end can pass through. " | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "@eustatic's straps had that cinch down bit that I like-- they're a little more, but those are also cheaper on Amazon." | Read more » over 8 years ago
cfastie "It looks like McMaster sells them for $5-6 per pack of ten. Here are 50 ties for $6:" | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "I'm buying a bunch of these from McMaster to try out as a cable tie replacement in the kit. " | Read more » over 8 years ago
eustatic "Thumping sounds awesome. what note does the balloon make? at 1.3kg lift? like, a tuner could measure that? maybe put chalk in the kit? the bagg..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "balloon diameter is a good method-- the balloon is pretty spherical. @jbreen marks the wall with measurements before inflating. " | Read more » over 8 years ago
liz "yay switching out the swivels! Now i'm also interested in who has a good method of determining if the balloon is inflated enough. I do "arm's lengt..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "lets see if we can source some of these and do force tests on them. We just switched out the swivels for better ones, I'm into continuously improv..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
patcoyle "Stewart also started a Mapknitter map: Playlist of ground-based videos: https..." | Read more » almost 9 years ago
patcoyle "Oops doesn't work as embed. See: " | Read more » almost 9 years ago
patcoyle "123DCatch model: " | Read more » almost 9 years ago
warren "Ah - bien, no hay problema. Ahora que tu contenido esta publicado aca, borrare la copia en la pagina de wiki. Gracias! " | Read more » almost 9 years ago
agustinserisuelo "Lo siento fue un error y confusion mia a la hora de crear el evento, gracias por solucionarlo y disculpeb las molestias soy novato en esta platafor..." | Read more » almost 9 years ago
warren "Hola Agustin - estamos en el proceso de crear herramientos y interfaces en castellano en este sitio, y parece que habia un error -- editaste la pag..." | Read more » almost 9 years ago
mathew "Awesome! " | Read more » almost 9 years ago
jbreen "We don't mess around with school loyalties here at UK. :) I hadn't considered the fish scale idea, though that seems like it would work. I had tho..." | Read more » over 9 years ago
eustatic "Ooh. The colors, eh. Uf. Im writing a note about using a berkley fishing scale to measure the lift of the balloon. But flickr is down. I think..." | Read more » over 9 years ago
liz "Fantastic! " | Read more » over 9 years ago