KAP is Kite Aerial Photography. A KAP jig would house a camera, and remote controlled servos would rotate, tilt, and also hit the shutter release button. Details on the KAP jig.

Here are some first images from KAP approximately 350' high. We were able to take many impressive soaring photos of the basin area. Shown above are photos looking west at the west embankment. You can see where the stream has breached through the embankment, causing a 60' wide gap. All of the vegetation and top soil has been cleared. The crest of the embankment is being leveled, and initial compaction has already begun. In the distance, you can see the downstream path, the small divisions of the rice patties, and the mountain Phnom Bok. Doing KAP was a 4 people effort. Chai was focused on flying the kite, Tobias manned the remote transmitter, wiL constantly had to untangle all the knots (somehow you ALWAYS get knots), and Bryse to stand in every downward shot with a pvc pole pointing North for point of reference and scale of photo.

Here's Chai feeding up the KAP unit. after a couple of trial and error, we figured out a strategy to get the unit up. attaching the unit too close to the kite causes difficult initial launching, since the wind at ground level is not usually as strong to lift the unit. launching the kite by itself for the initial 100' or so allows the kite to catch onto stronger winds above, hence, "locking" the kite up there. at this point, attaching the KAP unit to a newly tied knot will easily draw the entire unit up.

Left to right: two local spectators, Tobias controlling the remote, Chai teasing the kite, wiL feeding the line.


The Curious Tiger said...

Fantastic arial shots.

Phil said...

Someone suggested a training workshop to show other EWB chapters how to use Kite Arial Photography for other projects! You guys need your own Discovery Channel show!