First successful attempt with
multiple balloons in a light, gusting wind.
The video, from which the above stills were taken, was made
flying the camera on a 40 inch annular foil balloon (a number zero) with
three latex balloons taped to the upper edge. The
808#16D wide-angle camera was velcroed onto one of the small flaps
on the lower edge of the zero. A 6lb fishing line was used looped through
the zero. When the line was under tension, the balloons bounced about on
the ground until the flier walked towards the balloons in the direction
that the wind was blowing. In retrospect, it would have been better to
reel out the line and release the balloons on the windward side of the
Rubbish bags are a cheap alternative for one-off use, using either an iron, or more safely,
a £2 plastic bag sealer
to close off the end. The end can also be simply gathered together and
tied with string.
25 Feb 2013
windy flight with a helium-filled, rubbish bag (Morrison's 16g, clear
refuse sack, 860mm x 735mm approx. at £2 for 20) with the 18g,
near infra-red converted HD
808#16D video camera velcroed to the lower end:
A rubbish bag filled with helium, which should
be flown immediately after inflation.
A bit rough and ready with the tied-off
rubbish bag visible at the right.
25 February 2013
As above, but corrected for lens
Most of the day was relatively calm but when Heidi flew
the camera, as luck would have it, a transient gusty wind appeared out of nowhere!
For the next flight, we will attach the camera to the