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OWLP KAP workshop nr2

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I had grand plans for the Denver KAP exercise. With the wind in the right quarter there is a very nice kite walk possible. The river bank from Denver to Downham is a rare space where a kite can be … Continue reading

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KAV beginings

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At last a break in the monotonous cloud cover, a light breeze and it’s time to see what the gimbal can do. The bench testing is over and suspension from a kite line beckons. Despite the all too rare sunlight … Continue reading

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3axis KAP Gimbal part 3

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Voltage regulation. Oh boy, this is fun. Having got the balance happy, the PID settings clean and video relay done I find myself stymied by failure of the RC control aspect. I can have the gimbal powered happily on a … Continue reading

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Testing times

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Peter Blackmore and I are looking at the ‘soft’ kite options including modification of existing designs. There are occasions when soft kites have a clear advantage in deployment, they pack small and are not fragile in the way sparred kites … Continue reading

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New lamps for old.

I’m not sure how old the retired lamp was but it’s been our friend since we moved here some 16 years past. The new lamp is brighter and draws less power. Got bored waiting for the old column to be … Continue reading

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3 axis KAP gimbal progress

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The 5 control wires for the video relay and shutter release require cable fine enough to pass through the 3 hollow core motors to reach the RC receiver and video transmitter. They have to be flexible and strong enough to … Continue reading

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Community KAP workshop Nr2

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If the weather permits a walk along the bank of the Great Ouse should furnish some intresting views. A downwind walk anlong the riverside is a pleasure, with a kite aloft the aerial view can be captured… As far as … Continue reading

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32bit gimbal: good chart…

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It’s not every day I get excited about a graph. This is an X Y Z trace from the Ricoh GR  gimbal rig. After a lot of fiddle getting the balance and discovering 12c errors along the way, breaking tiny … Continue reading

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On the Washes: the water margin

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The kink in the Western bank between Earith and Sutton Gault is the ‘Gullet’ it’s a feature I can’t fly directly over, unless its blowing a gale, as it forms one corner of the approach to Meadowlands aerodrome. The Gullet … Continue reading

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