Airpup

by Head Full of Air LLC

A kite-balloon offering quiet, long-term flight for videography, communications, and meteorology.

View all updates Nov 01, 2018

Event Videography with Airpup

Flying Airpup at events is fun and garners a warm response. People notice Airpup and smile, then go back to what they were doing. The curious follow Airpup’s tether back to me and ask questions. Airpup’s slow, silent flight doesn’t alarm or interrupt event goers, allowing me to capture a scene without making one.

I’ve flown at four events. Each one gave a different context to test Airpup. Airpup follows along, pointing halfway between the direction of travel and the wind:

At Thrill the World, dozens of amateur dancers recreated Michael Jackson’s Thriller under a covered basket ball court with a 15’ ceiling. I was able to achieve crane-like camera movements in close proximity to the dancers:

At the Lincoln City Kite Festival winds were 12-18mph. Airpup was rock solid and easy to maneuver around closely packed kites and kite lines. Wind overwhelmed the audio, but the video was very steady:

A calm fall day in a pumpkin patch was just about ideal for maneuvering Airpup around at low altitude over Oregon Heritage Farms. Airpup blends right in, garnering some curiosity without interrupting anyone:

At the Portland Mini Maker Faire, I was on the waterfront, flying with 7-10mph gusts of wind coming through a turbulent obstacle course of buildings and highways. Despite the adverse conditions, Airpup was stable enough moving into the wind to capture overflights moving North to South:


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$5

Support Airpup

Thanks for helping make Airpup a reality! You will be rewarded with warm feelings, regular backer updates, and your name will be printed in the Airpup manual.


$10

Airpup Stickers

Thanks for helping make Airpup a reality! You will be rewarded with cool Airpup stickers illustrated by Justin Nichol, warm feelings, regular backer updates, and your name will be printed in the Airpup manual.


$25

Airpup Postcards

Thanks for helping make Airpup a reality! You will be rewarded with a pack of five postcards featuring Airpup in action and aerial photos from Airpup. In addition, enjoy stickers, warm feelings, regular backer updates, and your name in the Airpup manual.


$650

Airpup

Get Airpup-- the small kite balloon with a 500g payload capacity. Made in the USA, in partnership with Blimp Works. Add gloves and a wooden winder with 500' of braided Dacron line. Winder made in the USA from sustainably sourced birch plywood. Braided white dacron line made in the USA by Shanti Kites. Premium cut-resistant driving gloves are made from goatskin with a woven kevlar liner. Get smooth motions while protecting your hands.


$50

Winder, Line, & Safety Gloves

Premium cut-resistant driving gloves made from goatskin lined with woven kevlar. Get smooth motions while protecting your hands. A wooden winder with 500' of braided Dacron line. Made in the USA from sustainably sourced birch plywood. Braided white dacron line made in the USA by Shanti Kites.

Credits

Head Full of Air LLC

Mathew Lippincott created Head Full of Air LLC to further his passion for low-cost kite and balloon flight systems and open hardware. Through Head Full of Air, Mathew has created learning resources for NSF- add NASA- funded educational projects as well as led public workshops.


Mathew Lippincott

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