Here’s the two reels after I strategically removed about half the wood. It’s still strong, but a whole lot lighter to stuff into the luggage. We’ve addressed the canting keel problem of the camera, and we got our camera/enclosure in the mail today, so I think we’re set. I figured out how to invert .avi video, so we’re going to hang the camera upside down from the middle of the parallel linkage. Tomorrow, we’re going to jump on a boat for an hour and do another test flight. I think we’re actually going to pull this off…
There’s 500 ft of 80# dacron line on the bottom reel. I think that’ll be plenty of line. We may even be able to see the curvature of the Earth from up there. Now I just need to be able to figure out how to take time lapse photos. The night before we leave, I’m going to seal them up with some sort of finish. I’m not terribly worried about staining, but you never know what I’ll do after a few beers. That’s how this whole project started!
Remember that day in Geometry when they said math would save your life? There was a lot of bisecting angles in the layout.
-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails