Balloon Mapping Kit (retail)
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.
The kit is based on the more in-depth description of balloon mapping kit materials here: http://publiclaboratory.org/wiki/balloon-mapping-materials
- MapKnitter for stitching your aerial photos into online/digital maps
- The Public Laboratory Archive - a repository of open data maps produced mostly with balloons and kites, by independent "grassroots mappers"
- Register on this site to take part in the growing Public Laboratory open source community and get support from other balloon mappers
- Kite mapping is a good alternative to balloons in areas where helium is hard to come by
- Check out near-infrared photography for using your kit with an additional infrared camera to analyze vegetation
Each kit contains:
- A Qualatex 5.5' (170cm) "Cloudbuster" Chloroprene balloon
A custom-wound 8" or 9" hoop winder and 1000' (300m) of 110lb (50kg) line, from Shanti Kites
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.
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
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
On Jun 18, The creator of [GrassrootsMapping.org](http://grassrootsmapping.org) and co-founder and Research Director for the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, Jeff designs mapping and civic science tools and professionally flies balloons and kites. Notable software he has created include [the vector-mapping framework Cartagen](http://cartagen.org) and [orthorectification tool MapKnitter](http://mapknitter.org), as well as open spectral database and toolkit [Spectral Workbench](http://spectralworkbench.org). He is a fellow at MIT's [Center for Civic Media](http://civic.mit.edu), on the advisory board of [Personal Democracy Media's WeGov](http://techpresident.com/topics/wegov) and an advocate of open source software, hardware, and data. He co-founded Vestal Design, a graphic/interaction design firm in 2004, and directed the Cut&Paste Labs project, a year-long series of workshops on opensource tools and web design in 2006-7 with Lima designer Diego Rotalde. Jeff holds an MS from MIT and a BA in Architecture from Yale University, and spent much of that time working with artist/technologist Natalie Jeremijenko, building robotic dogs and stuff. To find out more, visit Unterbahn.com. * https://github.com/jywarren * http://unterbahn.com * http://unterbahn.com/thesis/ updated Page: About Public Lab
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On Jun 5, Adam D. Griffith is the Director of the Rivercane Restoration Project through the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) at Western Carolina University. He received a BS degree in Biology from Roanoke College in 1999 (Omicron Delta Kappa) and was subsequently accepted to Teach for America. He taught 6th grade science in the Houston Independent School District in Texas for three years before becoming a kayak instructor taking him on numerous trips to the beaches of the United States, Panama, and Europe. He received his MS degree in Biology from Western Carolina University in 2008 studying the native bamboo Arundinaria gigantea. Since 2008, he has been a research scientist at PSDS where he launched coastalcare.org with the Santa Aguilla Foundation. He currently directs the communities and sea-level rise research. In 2011, he co-founded the Public Laboratory with 6 others by securing a $500,000 grant from the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation. As a result, his writings can be found on the PBS IdeaLab blog, publiclaboratory.org, and others. He has presented his research with the Public Laboratory across the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Selected Publications Tanner, B.R., Kinner, D.A., Griffith, A.D., Young, R.S. & Sorrell, L.M (2011). Presence of Arundinaria gigantea (river cane) on numerous non-wetland sites suggests improper ecological classification of the species. Wetlands Ecology and Management. 19(6): 521-532. Coburn, A.S., Griffith, A.D. & Young, R.S. (2010). Inventory of coastal engineering projects in coastal national parks. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/NRPC/GRD/NRTR???2010/373. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. Griffith, A.D., Kinner, D.A., Tanner, B.R., Moore, A., Mathews, K.G. & Young, R.S. (2009). Nutrient and physical soil characteristics of rivercane (Arundinaria gigantea) stands, western North Carolina. Castanea. 74(3): 224-235. updated Page: Classification