Mathew Lippincott’s blog on design and DIY aerospace
December 19th, 2011

1st Transcontinental & 1st Trans-Atlantic Balloon Overflight- California Near Space

I’m not up on my balloon news! posted here for the purpose of completeness.  California Near Space  was already slashdotted four days ago.

Amazing, they beat the White Star team and Robert Rochte, who threwdown on transatlantic ballooning earlier in the year with his SDG-10, which appears to still be grounded.

White Star’s not working with off the shelf balloons though– they’ve got a bigger goal: DIY  tropospheric superpressure balloons.  these will be capable of multi-week flights, if successfully built.  Dan Bowen’s talk– Jump to 3:30 into this talk, and see the superpressure tetroon discussion.  5:40, discussion of Rochte’s designs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 20th, 2011

Mutoscope for Fernando, on the SIP Blog

My work for the Public Laboratory is partially funded by a grant from the Shpilman Institute for Photography, who’ve featured my Mutoscope on their blog.  Great images I haven’t posted here.

 

 

 

 

June 22nd, 2011

Public Laboratory wins a grant from the Knight News Challenge!

At the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, of which I’m a co-founder, we’ve just been awarded $500,000 by the Knight Foundation. Congrats to all my co-founders, Jeff, Sara, Shannon, Adam, Liz,Stewart, and to our whole online community, and thanks to the Knight Foundation! This is really going jump-start a lot of work!

Read the announcement  here

Our post about it here

May 13th, 2011

scientific, photographic, and person-lifting kites, 1900-1940

Baden F.S. Baden-Powell’s Manlifting Levitor. 1895.  No photos or film I can find.  Was it flat or bowed?


Charles Lamson’s Aerocurve, 1901

 

Samuel Franklin Cody’s Bat 1901 The best film is actually for a french aerial photography unit in 1917. The Cody kite is still used occasionally for high-wind aerial photography. Turn off the music.
 

Rudolph Grund’s Self Steering” Meteorological Kites, 1905-1940. They apparently adjusted their bridles to wind speed. There is certainly some rigging trick to learn from this series.

 

May 9th, 2011

Kite Fishing in Indonesia & Melanesia

Traditional Kite fishing in Indonesia, using the motion of a kite to give bait a constant motion. A little more history here. I think this is the one of the first applications of flight outside of games and signals.

 

and in Melanesia, with a cringe-worthy soundtrack

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