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Kite Camera Reel #6: Lighten Up!

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Blog entry by CaptainSkully posted 11-25-2009 02:14 AM 1305 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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



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Sawdust2

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#1 posted 11-25-2009 02:48 AM

It’ll be interesting to see the results.
Good luck.

However,. as you cannot see the curvature of the earth at 15,000’ you surely won’t see it at 500’

Now, 50,000’ would be reasonable.

Lee

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#2 posted 11-25-2009 06:38 AM

Actually, the curvature of the Earth affects celestial navigation sighting and VHF radio transmissions at 23 nautical miles. Not sure what that has to do with altitude, I just thought I’d throw that out there…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#3 posted 11-25-2009 07:08 AM

my wife is a math teacher—-she will love you forever…maybe a guest appearance will be in your future!

good luck with it all…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 11-25-2009 05:39 PM

Then she’ll love the perpendicular bisectors I used to find the centers!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#5 posted 11-25-2009 11:17 PM

Really looks good. You sure did a good job of bisecting those angles too.

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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