Photographers, meteorologists or those looking to expand communication to their projects may be interested in a new balloon kite hybrid device aptly named the Airpup which has been created by a team based in Portland, Oregon. The Airpup can be used for a wide variety of different aerial photography applications and uses 40 percent less helium than spherical balloons. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about its construction and features.
Possible applications for the Airpup include :
– Videographers looking for a new way to shoot – Fly around an event without making a sound, capturing audio and video without the drone of a drone. Tow Airpup behind a vehicle or boat for hours. Fly in locations drones are prohibited. See smiling faces happy to see Airpup.
– Radio experimenters lifting antennas – At 500’ Airpup has a 25 mile line of sight, extending the range of low-power communications. Airpup and a helium tank together weigh 25lbs and can be hiked into remote areas.
– Researchers flying weather and air sensors – Kite balloons are are a great way to capture weather data above boundary layer turbulence. Climate researchers use them to take vertical profiles of the atmosphere. Airpup brings these capabilities within reach.
– Payload capacity: 500g, 17.6 oz
– Flight time: 2 days (no night flying)
– Inflated dimensions: 1830 mm x 990 mm x 1120 mm, 72” x 39” x 44”
– Volume: 1040-1080L, 36-38 cu ft
– Flight conditions: Winds from 0-20 mph
– Standard 1/4-20 tripod mounts for payloads
– Puncture- and abrasion-resistant polyurethane envelope
– Designed for easy transport both deflated and inflated
– FAA-exempt moored balloon, not an aircraft
– No registration required
Early bird backers can now make a pledge from $399 to be one of the very first to own the Airpup. For more details. Is an complete list of all available page options jump over to the Crowd Supply website by following the link below.
Source: Crowd Supply