Stabilized Aerial Camera Platform: Project Updates

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An Aerial Perspective on the Native Diver Excavation

On March 8th, we collaborated with USC archaeologist Tom Garrison with his excavation of Native Diver, a famous racehorse buried at the Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California. The Hollywood Park Racetrack is being permanently closed, and t...
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Celebrating the CSE Department’s 25th Anniversary

Engineers for Exploration was present to celebrate UC San Diego’s CSE Department 25th Anniversary.  We had a booth to show off our projects, as well as setting up the balloon for a live demo. We set up the balloon to float over the Warren Bear...
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Balloon in the Field

As the Engineers for Exploration Summer REU program drew to a close, we set out for one last mission: to perform an aerial survey of a restoration zone in Del Dios Gorge.  Our collaborator from the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, David OR...
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Balloon Test at Sea

One of the main intended uses of the Stabilized Aerial Camera Platform is to perform surveys of marine mammals. After a successful deployment in Warren Mall, we were ready to test the new setup at sea. Our goals for this deployment were to test the e...
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Balloon Test in Warren Mall

(Photography by Jennifer Batryn and Lauren Nishizaki) This summer, we’ve been hard at work redesigning the stabilized aerial camera platform.  In our past tests towing the balloon from a boat to survey marine wildlife, the gimbal was not able ...
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Triton Day Launch

Triton Day is UCSD’s day to show off to new admits what we’re all about, so we took the opportunity to send up the balloon. Here’s some imagery we got. We also stitched together some of our images to get an ultra high resolution ima...