KAP Thoroughly Tested?
When I say "thoroughly tested" what I mean is...
Used to build kites as a kid and have fond memories (note: the older you get the fonder they become)
Seen some of the pictures that folks are getting from those drone helocam "thangs" and thought "Hey, that's cool!"
Witnessed one in action at this year's St Patrick's Parade in Birmingham. G'damn that infernal racket; as irritating as getting a
swarm of bees stuck under your hat.
Did some thinking then on to
digging around everywhere on the net.
Then plenty more thinking until hand in pocket and bought my first kite. (note: Plenty more thinking
generally comes before the hand in pocket
move in Yorkshire.)
Now apparently I need a RIG to hold the camera and a chip to control where it points and when to take pictures. It's getting complicated... perhaps I should call Team Rosetta for guidance?
Team Rosetta were busy. Some would find "F___ Off! We're busy. We don't do kites!" a little blunt but we're used to the capricious nature to scientists in Yorkshire (note: We had James Henry Atkinson and his mouse trap. He didn't make much and sold the patent for a paltry £1000... Little did he know that Agatha Christie would latch on to his idea and turn it into the longest initial run of any play in history!)
Anyway I digress; I did as Team Rosetta suggested and cooked up my rig and chips (note: we have most things with chips in Yorkshire so that went well.)
Now we come to attaching the rig (with its camera) onto the kite's flying line... We need a Picavet suspension? Sounded French to me, so I approached the task with some foreboding. Yorkshire keeps trying to click
with the French (note: we let them have their bicycle race here this year) but it just doesn't happen... probably because our chips are their fries or maybe they just can't get over the fact that Jimmy Atkinson from Leeds thought of la souricière first.
The Picavet suspension you ask? Well it's basically a
bird's nest tangle
carefully threaded string system that connects to the cross of your rig to the kite line and keeps the camera level whatever the kite does above. You string it by... "F___ Off! I'm busy holding the string of this kite in one hand, the camera in it's rig 'n' chips in the other whilst trying to untangle this bird's nest of a G'damn French Picavet suspension. I don't do other people's research!"
First flight? Didn't go well; there wasn't enough of the windy stuff to get my foil kite aloft with the weight of a camera. (note: Valium my be a good idea when being forced to watch your camera doing break dancing below a kite that is flirting with a barded wire fence.)
I waited for wind (note: in Yorkshire when we are waiting on wind we do
frown... when the wind has passed we smile.)
Then one day it flew... woooosh! Up into the sky may be 300 feet. Now I actually had one hand free; Perhaps I should call Team Rosetta with the good news? I dialled and the call was answered straight away. Before I could speak... "F___ Off! We're busy. We don't do kites!" (note: scientists can be capricious by nature!)
I watched my wondrous bit of technology as it floated gracefully and quietly
above. Everything worked and I could just make out the camera hanging below as it tilted and turned between shots.
I thought about the light wind problem long and hard. Sure Rosetta... kites ain't rocket science. It was all about area of sail, shape and weight. Pocket dips would be required to reach for the skies.
I decided. The foil was good in moderate to high wind. Being stick-less it was nearly impossible to crash in those conditions. For light wind I needed a framed kite and therefore carbon fibre. One pocket dip later and an Alpine Delta Conyne took to the skies successfully.
I wanted more... so again I thought and then drew up the specifications for a Dopero kite and took my pocket and
demands to see a builder specialist. The result was a kite that was bigger than a five bar field gate and weighed in at just on a kilo. If a dormouse were to
botty-cough in an empty Albert Hall then this kite would fly (note: Probably, due to Mr James Henry Atkinson there aren't any dormice in the Albert Hall nowadays so just imagine.) It flies!
messed about folks!
:) #research #testing #kites