[permaculture] where Google Earth fails...

Marimike6 at cs.com Marimike6 at cs.com
Thu Jul 23 11:05:16 EDT 2009

Early on, Montgolfier's marvelous balloons were co-opted by Napoleon for 
aerial surveillance against the Dutch and Austrians, at Mauberge. They became 
our first spy satellites!

"Coutelle demonstrated the balloon in 1794. He found that when he was at 
the end of the cables, he could clearly make out details as much as 18 miles 
(29 kilometers) away through his telescope. The members of the Commission 
were so impressed that they recommended formation of an air force, the world's 
first, called the Compagnie d'Aéronautiers. It was established on March 29, 


woody~debris wrote:
>Although a video camera tied to a balloon and rope would work...this is a
>nifty toy for getting aerial images of landscapes, apparently invented for
>the police but could be co-opted for permaculture/landscaping purposes:

The balloon and camera approach has a long history...that famous photo 
of the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake is from a balloon. 
And many people have done this since. Don't use the cop copter! ;)

Whenever someone has a great idea, it immediately gets put to military use.


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