I'm a young engineer based out of silicon valley. Here is my first greeting post.
I dove head first into KAP as an alternative to drones. I've fallen in love with the hobby and would love to share my creations and engineering skill set with the forum while gleaning off the experience of more established members.
Some things I love about KAP over drones:
1) Everybody hates drones.... nuff said... you can't fly them anywhere without the cops stopping you and/or people getting upset.
2) Drones make everyone uneasy when they fly over head. They always sound closer than they actually are and people duck and run.
3) Kites require very little skill to fly. I went to the beach with a friends. One had a drone and only he could fly it, while everybody got to fly my kite. :D It was very inclusive and everybody had a good time with my kite. (even the drone guy when his batteries died after 20 minutes.)
My first kite is a 9' $25 delta ebay special. I immediately broke the spars by putting the wing spar under the center. DOH! First lesson learned... But, even after that first mistake, I ordered new parts and kept with it. That was several months ago and now I'm reboxing controllers and designing shutter control circuits.
I plan on making some full posts for each part of the project, but for now here are some teasers.
Hobby king 6ch radio with video RX and 4.3" screen. It has a wopping 5.8AH(2cell) battery and by my calculations should last 8hr in the field.
Shutter Control for Sony A5100. One channel input, has two steps for focus lock and shutter release.
Stratospool... shamelessly copied WW's designs!
Gimbol in action!https://goo.gl/photos/qs9YEypgLqjBku9v6
Prolly my best image so far.
Sony a5100, 8mm fish-eye lens. (super cropped)