I've been working on a new kite balloon I call Airpup
. I wanted to be able to fill with a 40 c
ubic meter tank or less, so I can backpack with the setup.
I've been having good luck doing low-altitude towing by hand and by bike in calm winds (less than 7mph). I have also tested the balloon in a 24mph wind.
Footage from the Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival has come out the best:https://youtu.be/dfNq1N3qnPg
Walking video in low winds:https://youtu.be/S_mjer_s5lI
Towing by bike lets me test stability and simulate higher winds. When I'm driving at just the right off angle in the same direction as the wind, I get a little wobble:https://youtu.be/2imR-zk1Fjo
I've also launched a crowdfunding campaign for both buying and renting Airpup