Kite aerial photography rig

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montagdude
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Kite aerial photography rig

Postby montagdude » Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:38 pm

I used FreeCAD to design this frame for kite aerial photography. It will be radio controlled, with tilt, pan, shutter control, and video downlink. The wood parts will be laser cut. The whole thing hangs from the string about 50 - 200 ft down the line from the kite. The cross on top is for creating a "picavet" suspension, a self-leveling arrangement. I also used a FreeCAD macro to estimate the weight and center of mass, which is represented by the black point a little bit above the main camera. That's important, because it's necessary to make sure the whole thing can be balanced along the pan axis.

I'll post updates once I get it built and flying.
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Re: Kite aerial photography rig

Postby joachim520 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:56 pm

That's really cool!
Will love to see it when made.
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Re: Kite aerial photography rig

Postby Kunda1 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:28 pm

joachim520 wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:56 pm
That's really cool!
Will love to see it when made.
Agreed.

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joachim520
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Re: Kite aerial photography rig

Postby joachim520 » Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:39 pm

Kunda1 wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:28 pm
please remove your FC version from your signature
Thank you for the notice, I should go over the guidelines more thorough
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