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The guys at Grassroots mapping are doing a great job with their kites and balloons at trying to keep BP honest. They need help now.



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Comment by Greg Fletcher on May 29, 2010 at 9:37am
You need a special clearance from the Deepwater Horizon incident command center. I would bee very carefull down there.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 29, 2010 at 9:39am
Well its already happening Greg, just flying kites on the beach.....
Comment by Greg Fletcher on May 29, 2010 at 9:42am
Link to TFR here

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 29, 2010 at 9:47am
And the restrictions on kite flying? I note there is stacks of room outside of the TFR on the beach.


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 29, 2010 at 10:37am
Comment by Greg Fletcher on May 29, 2010 at 10:58am
Sorry Gary. I had visions of UAV's going out on autonomous photo mapping missions. I wonder if there are any Aerosonds flying down there, with FAA approval of course. They could carry sensors to monitor air quality near the surface. I heard they had to call in the fishing boats contacted to skim oil because the a couple of crews got really sick and were hospitalized. They had no respirators or gas sensors on board. Maybe BP could supply this equipment to the fishermen trying to save their jobs.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 29, 2010 at 11:11am
Ah my fault for not stating more obviously that they have put a call out for funds, I am busy emailing as many US news outlets as I can hoping to get the story picked up. They only need $5000 and I reckon there will be somebody out there that can just sign off the ticket!! I love the simplicity of how they achieve their results.There are already researchers using one of our wings over there on coastline studies (not in theatre) and two doing the same over here in the UK. Pity they can't be easily used in the USA.
Comment by Mathew Wellington on May 29, 2010 at 5:10pm
interesting stuff, kite mapping looks like a fun thing to try, in Taranaki we have wind most days (its blowing at 40 km/hr now), what altitude are the one photoing the dissater flying at ? I think it would be an idea to use the kite to act as a network point in a zigby or similar network to extend the telemetry range of the UAV's

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