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Author Topic: Go Pro on a Kite and launched from a ship?Educationnal research interests HAWAII  (Read 2305 times)
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« on: December 18, 2012, 04:05 PM »


My name is Romain and I am an oceanographer working for the University of Hawaii.

I am looking for advices and also persons in Hawaii who could help me for a little project that I would like to do for my research.

I wonder if it would be doable to stabilize a Go Pro camera on a kite launched from a large vessel. Wind conditions around Hawaii are typically Easterly trades at about 10 m/s. I would like the Kite to fly at least 100m above the ship and even higher if possible. I also wonder  if the Kite could be stabilize for 2 or 3 hours using a winch if for example the vessel stay in steady position facing the wind.

Thank you very much if you can give an opinion on this. And I would be also very interested if someone already tried something similar over the sea (with whitecaps) and would like to share few picture for my research.




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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2012, 05:22 PM »

Kap rigs are very cool....
I would wander over to Google and search out Brookes Box (cannot provide a direct link as postings links to competitors is against forum policy).......Brooks is the Kap king!!!  Brookes also has specific rigs for GoPro cameras.....

Please share some pictures!!!!

I made a simple picavet rig (from plans on Brooks pages) to hang my Drift HD camera and it works great....

Here are a few pix I have taken
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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2012, 05:30 PM »

if you can hunt down alan nagao , lives in hawaii , owned high performance kites (back in the day ) im sure he would offer some local advise , another local would be robert loweara , ray

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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2012, 05:47 PM »

Romain, just in case you didn't know KAP is Kite Aerial Photography and there is a dedicated following for it. Google that and it will lead you to many resources of information to use. Everything from preferred styles of kites to instructions on building a rig for hanging your camera. Your biggest issue is getting the right kite to hold stable in the sky.
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2012, 06:18 PM »


Thank you very much. I know nothing about Kite so it helps a lot.
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2012, 07:08 PM »

I'm a kite flyer in Hawaii, I'm also a UH manoa student

-CHester Centino, Honolulu, Hawaii
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