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A simple DIY kit to take aerial photographs of things that are important to you - from hundreds of feet up. The drone alternative!
A simple DIY kit to take aerial photographs of things that are important to you - from hundreds of feet up. The drone alternative!
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    Balloon Mapping: the how-to poster

    This poster will show a diagram of the balloon mapping kit in a beautiful and richly informative way -- we're working with a community partner to have them lovingly printed in color -- put the Balloon Mapping "source code" on your wall!

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    Pocket Guide to Grassroots Mapping

    This booklet fits in your pocket, but contains all the information you need to start balloon or kite mapping anywhere in the world. It also includes blank pages for taking field notes!

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    Poster and Pocket Guide

    Get both the poster and the pocket guide!

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    Mini Balloon Kit

    (limited early bird edition) Like our classic balloon kit, but smaller and more nimble! You get mylar balloons, 1000' of 50-pound line on an 6" hoop winder and an assorted extra clips and straps. Balloons are great for lower altitude photography, and in places where you might need to raise and lower your rig to move under powerlines or bridges.

    You add a camera, a soda bottle (or camera rig of your choice), and helium that you can obtain at most florists or party stores.

    Comes with poster and booklet.

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    Mini Kite Kit

    (limited early bird edition) The Mini Kite Kit will ship with a small squid (or octopus!) parafoil kite, 1000' of 50-pound line on an 6" hoop winder, gloves, and an assorted extra clips and straps. The Mini Kite is easy to pack and store, and can be used in stronger wind conditions than the mini balloons.

    Comes with poster and booklet.

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    Mini Kite & Mini Balloon Combo

    The Combo Kit will ship with a small squid (or octopus!) parafoil kite, mylar balloons, 1000' of 50-pound line on an 6" hoop winder, gloves, and an assorted extra clips and straps. Both kits are easy to pack and store, and with a kite and balloon available, you will be ready to fly in any weather!

    You add a camera, a soda bottle, and about $30 of helium (or just the wind!).

    Comes with poster and booklet.

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    The Classic Balloon Mapping Kit

    Refined by hundreds of people over 7 years, this iconic Public Lab kit includes a 5.5 foot rubber balloon, 1000' of 100-pound line on an 8" hoop winder, protective gloves, and assorted extra clips and straps.

    You add a camera, a soda bottle, and about $35 of helium.

    Comes with poster and booklet.

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    Mini Kite Kit & Mini Camera

    The Mini Kite Kit plus a mini ~60g camera and waterproof case.

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    Mini Balloon Kit & Mini Camera

    The Mini Balloon Kit plus a mini ~60g camera and waterproof case.

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    Mini Kite/Balloon Combo + Camera

    The Mini Balloon Kit plus a mini ~60g camera and waterproof case.

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    Classic Balloon Mapping Kit + Camera

    The Classic Balloon Mapping Kit plus a mini ~60g camera and waterproof case.

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    All-in-One Mapping Kit

    A combination of the Classic Balloon Mapping Kit, and mini balloons, kite and string from the Mini Kits -- plus the poster and booklet!

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    All-In-One Mapping Kit + Camera

    The All-In-One Mapping Kit plus a mini ~60g camera and waterproof case.

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