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Make your own aerial photos and maps with our flight kit and MapKnitter browser app.  Add a camera to our reusable 5.5' balloon & kit.
Make your own aerial photos and maps with our flight kit and MapKnitter browser app. Add a camera to our reusable 5.5' balloon & kit.
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    1. mathew lippincott Creator on May 30, 2012

      (Jeff here) There's been a conversation about the helium shortage on the Grassroots Mapping mailing list, which you can join by signing up at Here's the thread:…

      Also -- sorry not to have sent a notification here, but all the modified infrared Canons were shipped some weeks ago, at long last:

      Documentation (collaboratively created) for those infrared kits has largely coalesced here:

      As always, the best way to get involved (or to get help) is to join the mailing lists.

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      Jean-Paul Calderone on May 22, 2012

      Anyone else having a hard time finding helium? The most promising outlet I've found in my area says there is currently a shortage of helium and they can only sell for serious uses. I've seen tiny canisters at Walmart, but I don't know if they hold enough helium. Anyone have any suggestions, or having similar difficulties?

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      Adriel on April 26, 2012

      Have any of the smaller pledgers seen their orders fulfilled?

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      Douglas Koss on April 19, 2012

      Still have not seen the CanonA490/A495 cameras. Is Jeff and the crew OK? Could you give us $325/$425 dollar folks an update? Thank You!

    5. mathew lippincott Creator on March 15, 2012

      If you haven't heard from us or received a shipping e-mail, please contact me directly. We are e-mailing to the addresses you provided in your backer surveys, make sure you check 'em!


    6. mathew lippincott Creator on March 14, 2012

      Glad to hear you received your kit! Jeff Warren and our crew in boston are hard at work assembling the camera sets and they will be mailed separately. You can follow some of his research notes here:

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      Douglas Koss on March 14, 2012

      I received the $85 balloon kit yesterday which was pleasant. However I had purchased the $325 set with (Canon A490/A495 cameras) with DIY kit for mounting and dual camera shutter synch. Are these being sent in two separate shipments. There was nothing in the package saying so. By the way I like the instructions.

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      Dean Kondo on March 5, 2012

      Thank you for the update, please keep us updated as you make progress.

    9. mathew lippincott Creator on March 5, 2012

      Hi all-
      We're waiting on the fulfillment company we contracted to-- things haven't been going as fast as we had hoped. Everything has been out of our hands since the 21st of February, and I really wish I could give you a firm ship date, but I don't have it yet. You all will hear as soon as I do, we're pushing hard to make this happen.

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      Dean Kondo on March 5, 2012

      I think they ran off with our money! There's been no updates in a month, the delivery window has come and gone, and they never respond to my emails. Has anyone heard from this project since Feb 1?

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      Douglas Koss on March 4, 2012

      What's Up! Any New News?

    12. Melanie Kahl on February 7, 2012

      I absolutely can't wait to try this in my neighborhood and potentially with clients. Cheers!

    13. Ric Abad on February 1, 2012

      Wow, and I can see a lot of portuguese speaking backers, congrats everyone. As soon as we star getting imagens well post´and share! Tootles!!!

    14. Theo Macris on February 1, 2012

      Congratulations on the funding success and tremendous support.

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      Deb Taft on January 31, 2012

      woo hooo! It was close there for a minute :) glad you finally pulled out the win!

    16. Maura McGovern on January 23, 2012

      love all the levity: the theme of your project + all of your backers - congratulations!

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      Susan W Stoessel on January 17, 2012

      Hey, I think that's me in one of those promo photos! (via Cesar?). Had a terrific time learning and helping with project in the gulf. This is a fantastic idea that deserves to go viral!

    18. João Miguel Pires on January 17, 2012

      Hi Mattew!
      I had a similar project using R/C aircraft ( - sorry, only portuguese version). But I never got enough time to learn how to fly them properly. I also added $20 extra (even if already included, I see) and wish you best luck with your project!
      Maybe I'll use Kickstarter as well to prototype some other ideas of my website, those are in english. If you can take a look, please give me a couple hints. Thanks
      Joao Pires

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      Roberto F. Rodriguez on January 15, 2012

      Mathew I will be using the kit to make animal counts in both infrared and regular formats. In Texas deer counts are essential for wildlife management and this method is super economical ( compared to the $250-750 per hour for helicopter counts ) and can be done by individual land owners. Thanks for a great idea. I'm anxious to get started and to spread the word. Roberto

    20. mathew lippincott Creator on January 13, 2012

      Thanks Claudia!
      Shipping (including international shipping) is included in the price! we'll have to throw something extra in for you!

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      Claudia Geubel on January 12, 2012

      Hello Mathew, I always dreamed of photographing from the sky. I'm so happy you're making it possible. I've added an extra $20 for postage to Europe. I hope that's enough. If not, let me know.

      Warm greetings from The Netherlands.
      Claudia Geubel

    22. Logan Williams on January 12, 2012

      Awesome to see this in the Kickstarter newsletter! Good luck Mathew!