Airpup

by Head Full of Air LLC

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

View all updates Nov 15, 2018

Fully funded

Airpup was fully funded yesterday! Thank you so much for supporting this project and believing in a future for small balloons.

Over the coming weeks I’ll be preparing for a new Airpup prototype to refine a few design details and prepare for production, and am looking forward to sharing the process with you.

Right now I want to share a fun part of Airpup’s development: making the mascot featured on Airpup stickers.

Putting a Face to a Name: the Airpup Mascot

I want Airpup to be fun and social, and worked with Justin Nichol to create a character that not only represents Airpup, but could be drawn directly on the balloon.

Because there are no animals that fly by buoyancy, balloons’ closest animal analogs are sea creatures. As a small balloon Airpup needs a high volume shape. So does the Nerpa, a tiny seal with a thick layer of blubber living in frigid Lake Baikal.

photo by Sergio Tittarini, CC-BY 2016

Starting from the Nerpa as inspiration for a friendly sky seal, Justin created Airpup in Krita, the open source digital painting tool.

Working from a 3D model of Airpup Justin created a simplified view of Airpup’s face that would be visible from a long distance. Using the vinyl cutter at Ctrl-H I cut out a stick-on face for Airpup:

Airpup in-flight photos by Colleen Donaldson


$8,310 raised

of $8,000 goal

103% Funded! Order Below

Product Choices

$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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