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To read this blog, copy and paste it in here : http://www.jmarshall.com/easy/html/testbed.html ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ After being teased with ELEVEN ‘Guess the mystery product’ posts before the ‘Launch’ of the Sprocket Rocket, frustrated by the outcome, I decided to build a real rocket camera: <h1> IKAROΣ 1</h1>. <br> <br> <br> I’m quite sure I was not the only one frustrated; in fact <A HREF="http://www.lomography.com/homes/azurblue"TARGET="_blank">azurblue</A> was, just like me, thinking it was all about a real rocket camera and posted a link in <A HREF="http://www.lomography.com/magazine/news/2010/10/17/guess-the-mystery-product-part-six"TARGET="_blank">this post</A> about what could have been like this <A HREF="http://www.poweredmodelairplanes.com/fmr/camroc.html"TARGET="_blank">really kick-ass rocket camera</A>. <br> <br> Another source of <A HREF="http://www.lomography.com/magazine/lifestyle/2010/11/10/my-analogue-life-vintage-style-inspires"TARGET="_blank">inspiration</A> was the ‘<A HREF="http://www.brooklynspaceprogram.org/BSP/Home.html"TARGET="_blank">Brooklyn Space Program</A>’: <br> <br> <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/15091562" width="400" height="225" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/15091562">Homemade Spacecraft</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user3539560">Luke Geissbuhler</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p> <br> <br> So this was it, combining all these ideas, I decided to build my own rocket camera and <A HREF="http://www.lomography.com/magazine/lifestyle/2010/12/01/my-analogue-life-share-and-share-alike"TARGET="_blank">share with you</A> the outcome… I thought a water rocket was the best way to launch a camera: No explosives, no expensive gases, just water. I searched on e-bay and rapidly found a dozen of models that could be suitable. I choose one sold by this <A HREF="http://stores.cafr.ebay.ca/designeresale"TARGET="_blank">genius guy</A> called ‘Deluxe Water Rocket + Launcher + Parachute Fun Toy Kit’. It was an extremely smart (and cheap) construction, including everything needed. Check out the fabulous description <A HREF="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rt=nc&nma=true&item=310214392990&si=yoqWeoiV0ru5utu9s%252FGBQcIIzz0%253D&viewitem=&sspagename=ADME%3AX%3ARTQ%3AUS%3A1123"TARGET="_blank">here</A>. <br> <br> Then, I had to find a light-weight camera. <br> The answer was obvious: a HOLGA. <br> <br> The final problem was to find a way to trigger the camera remotely. A remote control might have been a solution, but this would have forced me to fix some electronic device + battery on the rocket, and therefore increase the overall weight… Back on e-bay, I found a very nice vintage self-timer made in ‘occupied Japan’ as it says on the box. I love this little toy and use it also for self-portraits: <br> <br> <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/GHv-Q9Nu90M?hl=fr&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/GHv-Q9Nu90M?hl=fr&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object> <br> <br> So everything needed was ready: <br> 1. The water rocket<br> 2. The rocket launcher<br> 3. A bike pump to inject pressurized air in the rocket, with a pressure gauge. <br> 4. A fisheye adaptor for the HOLGA, to increase my chances of getting something in the frame<br> 5. A HOLGA<br> 6. A HOLGA cable release adaptor<br> 7. A Self-Timer<br> <img src="http://cloud.lomography.com/576/388/7c/02b4c8014dc139b11eec4eead58c436f9ebb3b.jpg" WIDTH=480> <br> <br> The rocket was initially in this configuration: <br> <img src="http://cloud.lomography.com/576/432/12/493dafc34a75ebdad32b68e4081c397a13100a.jpg" WIDTH=480> <br> <br> But after discussions with my brother (another handy DIY lover) we concluded it was more logical to reverse the parachute, hence allowing the camera to face the ground during its descent: <br> <img src="http://cloud.lomography.com/576/432/c3/ba0d9fbeae8a2c20d78861bf8a706e38244c50.jpg" WIDTH=480> <br> <br> The camera needed some protection, so I installed a bubble ring around the lens: <br> <img src="http://cloud.lomography.com/576/432/ac/b4ae7c71170151b238453dccc82646615614a2.jpg" WIDTH=480> <br> <img src="http://cloud.lomography.com/576/302/be/fe1d41407229a2b9390f008e6c77ee661083f7.jpg" WIDTH=480> <br> <br> To make sure of the correct balance of all this construction I tested it by placing it on a film canister: <br> <img src="http://cloud.lomography.com/576/432/11/0785757d511a6b81a591e93a5d44ee037d1c24.jpg" WIDTH=480> <br> <br> And then, I taped the camera to the ass of the bottle: <br> <img src="http://cloud.lomography.com/576/432/ec/693b0a4b11b640024c952f0a2c41556cf8c9ac.jpg" WIDTH=480> <br> <img src="http://cloud.lomography.com/576/432/ca/ecd7ee0770bda39d000cc10297ca2691c7fa66.jpg" WIDTH=480> <br> <img src="http://cloud.lomography.com/576/432/1c/02c83f74d9b3e09c869f4617d3300ba62900d1.jpg" WIDTH=480> <br> <img src="http://cloud.lomography.com/439/576/a2/8e64afd7889d4967376d1f08d70637952462ef.jpg" WIDTH=480> <br> <br> Last but not least, since the back of the camera was covered, it was impossible to check the frame number. I used this <A HREF="http://www.lomography.com/magazine/tipster/2009/03/29/applied-mathematics-to-holga-cameras"TARGET="_blank">frame counter</A> instead. <br> <img src="http://cloud.lomography.com/576/432/ad/531e55dea4074582784b896029e0c7569cc1ba.jpg" WIDTH=480> <br> <br> <br> That was it. <br> It was ready. <br> I am proudly introducing <h1> IKAROΣ 1! </h1><br> (Thanks to my buddy <A HREF="http://www.lomography.com/homes/anarchy"TARGET="_blank">anarchy</A> for giving me the link to the amazing <A HREF="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpJ6anurfuw"TARGET="_blank">Portsmouth Sinfonia</A> music). <br> <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/wjOoNY-0u8c?hl=fr&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/wjOoNY-0u8c?hl=fr&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object> <br> <br> <br> <h1> First Launch, 80 psi pressure </h1> <br> <br> A lovely flight, but the parachute opened to early and stopped the ascent: <br> <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/z4a0QPQ6saI?hl=fr&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/z4a0QPQ6saI?hl=fr&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object> <br> The shot was taken too late: <br> <img src="http://cloud.lomography.com/576/539/b0/39df26cf535f4055e8899b90cd8ba45606f67c.jpg" WIDTH=480> <br> <a href="[Photo:12327976]">Link to the shot</a><br> <br> <br> <h1> Second Launch, 100 psi</h1> <br> <br> This was the best flight. <br> <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/WeJS4IWjsok?hl=fr&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/WeJS4IWjsok?hl=fr&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object> <br> The self-timer was, again, triggered too late. Damn. <br> <img src="http://cloud.lomography.com/556/576/05/dba8add5d93992738ae2df12ccfce85b08fabe.jpg" WIDTH=480> <br> <a href="[Photo:12327977]">Link to the shot</a><br> <br> <br> <h1> Third Launch, 120 psi</h1> <br> <br> A great flight, however, the excessive acceleration caused the fins of the rocket to dislocate… <br> <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/W_PY4wDVF4A?hl=fr&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/W_PY4wDVF4A?hl=fr&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object> <br> This is the best shot. Sigh… <br> <img src="http://cloud.lomography.com/576/575/95/f054eb15c15bd3758fd7dff11f3ec671d61200.jpg" WIDTH=480> <br> <a href="[Photo:12327978]">Link to the shot</a><br> <br> <br> <h1> Fourth Launch, 120 psi</h1> <br> <br> Even without fins, the rocket went high and in a pretty steady fashion, but the parachute did not open. <br> <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/o8EnIZ2L_LY?hl=fr&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/o8EnIZ2L_LY?hl=fr&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object> <br> The shot was triggered after, in my hands. Hhhhhrrrrggg… <br> <img src="http://cloud.lomography.com/576/524/f5/18abe9117e596fbbe89c2422ecc029977fc1f3.jpg" WIDTH=480> <br> <a href="[Photo:12327979]">Link to the shot</a><br> <br> <br> <h1> Fifth Launch, 120 psi</h1> <br> <br> The last launch. This was too much for IKAROΣ. The bottle, the camera, the parachute and the bubble ring landed in different spots. <br> <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/U44c604mVRo?hl=fr&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/U44c604mVRo?hl=fr&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object> <br> The shot wasn’t even taken. So instead of it, I shot Simon, my buddy who drove me all the way to this big open space, and was kind enough to shoot these videos. Thanks Simon! <br> <img src="http://cloud.lomography.com/546/576/f0/2211e13ddf2531d1480dff20656c2a886356c3.jpg" WIDTH=480> <br> <a href="[Photo:12327980]">Link to the shot</a><br> <br> <br> <br> So this was a failure. <br> I wouldn’t call shot N°3 a success. <br> However, I have tons of ideas to improve the concept and build IKAROΣ 2. With guaranteed success. <br> <br> Now, my friends, I need your support. <br> Please comment on this post, and tell us if Lomography were selling such a rocket camera, would you buy it? <br> How about getting some crazy aerial lomos and giving a whole new dimension to our activities? <br> <br> So LSI, I would be glad to collaborate with your camera designers to improve my plans for IKAROΣ 2. <br> <br> You know where to find me… <br> <br>

lomo on.

written by stouf

91 comments

  1. lawypop

    lawypop

    This is REALLY kick-Ass!!! hahaha!! Stouf! you are the ROCKET man!!

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  2. yarah

    yarah

    This is so great!!! I wouldn't buy one, but it's great to make one yourself :D

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  3. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    Very creative, wonderful!! Could you build something that could survive a launch from a pototo cannon? That might get you the altitude, then time the parachute and the photo exposure. Use something like a Wedding Reception Cam.

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  4. clickiemcpete

    clickiemcpete

    So cool, wow! Thanks for posting. :)

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  5. mylatehope

    mylatehope

    Lomo up, up, and away! This may be the coolest project ever. Great job!

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  6. novakmisi

    novakmisi

    great idea !!!

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  7. basho

    basho

    Wonderful project! I bet all the mad scientists around will want one of these if they decided to sell it. (You can count with an order from me, as well. I am a big Big Bang Theory fan, you see ). LOL

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  8. kdstevens

    kdstevens

    Cool rocket! I'm with you, I thought the new and amazing camera was going to be a real rocket like the Estes rocket cam (although I must say that I really do like the Sprocket Rocket). We launched a lot of Estes rockets as kids and my buddy even had one of those rocket cams--I don't remember much about it, though, but hell yes, I'd be up for a Lomo rocket cam!

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  9. lomopop

    lomopop

    if only the spocket rocket can fly...great effort!!!

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  10. disdis

    disdis

    hahaha..... that's an impossible project become real! Congrats for thispost stouf, I've really enjoyed it! And that could be a beginning of a new lomo design! I would be great, wouldn't it?

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  11. gelagoo

    gelagoo

    You are made of awesome. :D

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  12. adbigmilk

    adbigmilk

    Stouf est Ouf !

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  13. huck

    huck

    Absolute gold. Pity it didn't work out but major points for idea and execution.

    If they did manage to come up with one that had a semi-reliable timer to jedge height of the shot I'd def wanna grab it for kicks.

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  14. ndroo

    ndroo

    OMG! This is madness! This is super cool! Now if you can only shoot the rocket all the way here to Singapore ... then we can do a doubles with it. :D Please don't hit any plane or birds on the way here though.

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  15. jblaze823

    jblaze823

    Damn, sweet idea, and one hell of an effort. Nice work my friend, can't wait to see rocket #2

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  16. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-

    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-

    ahahahah you are a fucking genius :)...these are my feelings from my first space journey on Dec. 28, 2010: the idea of capturing the images from a rocket camera help us to understand our world and its surroundings. I know that there are a range of modifications and improvements required to meet the stringent demands of a rocket camera but it's something that worth it. So LSI apply your knowledge and expertise and support such great idea in order to provide lomographic equipment on – or off - the planet.

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  17. icuresick

    icuresick

    Astig! Haha

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  18. mephisto19

    mephisto19

    http://www.youtube.c(…)1GAKOLOnfV4
    YOU'RE THE ROCKET MAN!

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  19. jeabzz

    jeabzz

    ahah c'est enorme!!

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  20. adi_totp

    adi_totp

    wooooooooooow!

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  21. ipdegirl

    ipdegirl

    Seriously, beyond cool! You put a ton of work into this project and it looks like SO much fun! I'd be on board with a rocket cam. I'd love to take one to the beach and get ariels of all the action. I may have to try one of these with my son when the snow melts!

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  22. ipdegirl

    ipdegirl

    How could I forget? That music is PERFECT!!! Love it!!

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  23. ipdegirl

    ipdegirl

    How could I forget? That music is PERFECT!!! Love it!!

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  24. stouf

    stouf

    @lawypop: Thank you so much !
    @yarah: What if it was cheap ?
    @herbert-4: What's a pototo cannon?
    @clickiemcpete @mylatehope @novakmisi: Thanks a LOT lomofriends ! : )
    @basho: Thaaanks ! I like this series too ! : )
    @kdstevens: Thanks buddy ! What's the Estes rocket cam ?
    @lomopop: I guess you could fix one on a bottle ! : )
    @disdis: Gracias amigo, I really wish it could become a real design... : )
    @gelagoo: Hooo that's a VERY nice comment ! Thank you so much...
    @adbigmilk: Ouf malade ! : )
    @huck: Thanks buddy, I hope others think the same !
    @ndroo: I feel very proud to get such comment from such DIY master ! Ahaha I didn't think about birds... 8D
    @jblaze823: Thanks mate, I'll keep you informed for sure !
    @-a-l-b-e-r-t-o-: Grazie amico, great comment !
    @icuresick: Thanks !
    @mephisto19: I should have used this song... : )
    @jeabzz @adi_totp: Thanks guys !!!
    @ipdegirl: Thanks dear... I thought about launches from a beach... We might have to wait for IKAROΣ 3, with a water-proof camera... : ) That would be awesome... Even launches from a boat...

    Thanks a lot everyone, I'm really delighted by your comments ! Lomo on.

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  25. pulex

    pulex

    more than awesome....just great, double-extra-great...maybe i should get the r/c helicopter fro, a friend and attach my holga...!

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  26. coca

    coca

    first of all, amazing soundtrack!! LOL.....This proyect looks so much fun, really hope that next rocket works out perfect. it would be so cool to have one real rocket camera, so Stouf you have some work to do!! :))))

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  27. superlighter

    superlighter

    I laughed all the time! hahaha Yeah! it must be fun but hard to play inside a city. however I can imagine these rocket cams flying high everywere! good luck my friend and Happy New Rocket Year!

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  28. yochan

    yochan

    Stouf t'es trop fort, j'adore le concept. en tout cas bravo :D

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  29. filby

    filby

    Amazing work, mate! so cool! It reminds me of a friend of mine who rigged up a camera (digital) to the underside of his remote control plane and took aerial photos. he rigged up a trigger device so he could take pictures on demand. that could take the guess work of the self timer out of the equation. Great work keep it up!

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  30. wil6ka

    wil6ka

    stouf, you are the craziest, maddest, smartest, motherfucking lomographer :)
    explosive insanity.
    love it!

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  31. sammy_a

    sammy_a

    after you've got the rocket you need the sprockits!

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  32. androfun

    androfun

    T'es malade! c'est génial comme idée. Merci c'est un super cadeau de Noël j'ai tellement rigolé!!!
    You are the rocket guy of Lomogaphy!

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  33. rater

    rater

    AHAHAHAAHA!!! Yeah! Brutale! J'aime ton self-timer... dommage que le temps de vol est trop court pour le selftimer!

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  34. bensozia

    bensozia

    Brilliant, mate! But all that effort for just one shot? It's a shame super8 cameras weigh so much.

    Dear Santa/Stouf, I would like LomoVersions the following:

    http://www.raidentec(…)spycam.html

    http://www.telegraph(…)ppelin.html

    http://www.wired.com(…)-nails-spy/

    ...cheers!

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  35. stouf

    stouf

    @pulex: Wooo a rc helicopter... I was dreaming of that when I was a kid...
    @coca: Thanks to @anarchy for the soundtrack, it was indeed perfect ! : ) And you're right, I have much work to do... But I'll enjoy it for sure ! : )
    @superlighter: Grazie Aurelio ! We had a LOT of fun too ! : ) And yeah, I wouldn't recommend to play with this in a city... You don't want it to fall on some car... However some aerial city shots would be sooo nice...
    @yochan: Merci mon gars ! : )
    @filby: Thanks buddy ! Woow the fancy version of your friend sounds totally awesome ! : )
    @wil6ka: Dear Herr Willie, you've always been an inspiration to me.
    @sammy_a: Yeah, I thought about putting a 35mm film in my Holga... Next time ! : )
    @androfun: Merci zouzounaki ! Bises !
    @rater: Si hermano, je sais, j'étais mal synchronisé... Crap... : ) Gracias !!!
    @bensozia: Ho my god !!! All these examples are AWESOME !!! Thanks for the links ! The police zeppelin is so cool, I'm jealous ! : )

    Lomolove everyone, You are making me feel so proud... : )

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  36. adamo-75

    adamo-75

    Solid gold!! Marvellous project, i look forward to checkin' out IKARO 2;)

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  37. bccbarbosa

    bccbarbosa

    Wooow!! This is soo cool!! This is NASA stuff, reminds me of all that footage about the first rocket tests. Definetely a project the Lomography guys should take into consideration and hire you as the main engineer or something haha!! You never cease to impress with your amazing creations!! This is brilliant!! Congrats again my friend!! =)

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  38. blueskyandhardrock

    blueskyandhardrock

    Definitely super cool. I'm all for all that trial and error and the best thing is when you finally get it working the way you want it to. Very creative and fun. What an imagination! Hands down.

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  39. antibiotyx

    antibiotyx

    wow! this is sick and genius, stouf! i would be happy to convert my holga into a rocket cam. is the bubble wrap enough to protect it? cos i don't wanna destroy my beloved holga. haha.

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  40. blackcoffeeandtantrum

    blackcoffeeandtantrum

    THIS WOULD BE WONDERFUL!

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  41. satomi

    satomi

    Haaaaahahahahahahahaha!XD You are crazy and I love it! You are definitely the mad lomo scientist;)

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  42. panelomo

    panelomo

    dude - you are one crazy scientist. nice work! :D

    so where'd the name IKAROΣ came about?

    why not call it a STOUF camera instead? hey LSI, are you listening?

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  43. larslau

    larslau

    This is the best post ever! Really impressing, Stouf!

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  44. makny

    makny

    I definitely buy it, it's so cool... and all the videos are great, I laughed when i saw all the parts landing all over... Really nice work!

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  45. cyan-shine

    cyan-shine

    OMG! Stouf you are a genius! This is so kickass! LSI please make some, they rock! I'd definitely buy one or two :D

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  46. maximum_b

    maximum_b

    This is amazing post! Impressing idea! I'm very curious to see the shots from the following launches of IKAROΣ 2)))) Good Luck!

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  47. emilios

    emilios

    Pure Genius bro!!!!

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  48. -l-l-l-

    -l-l-l-

    haha TROP BON !

    Stouf you're the man, the fluffy holga is so cute ^____^
    (http://cloud.lomogra(…)61083f7.jpg)

    i laughed my ass off ! can't wait to see new trials

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  49. mandi

    mandi

    oooooh fantastic! i had the same idee a long time ago (i think when i was forced to think of new holga modifications) but i nver realised this project. i wasn't even close to this huge amount of effort!
    i really love you for trying this out. :)
    in my plans the parachute would have relesed the shutter, not sure how exactely that would have worked, but i thought the weight of the camera when falling down in combination with the deceleratnig force of the parachute could be enough....
    i hope to see more of this kind... DIY!!!

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  50. breakphreak

    breakphreak

    brave :)

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  51. paramir

    paramir

    you are amazing my friend! I definitely support you! great idea and documentation!

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  52. jaalvarez

    jaalvarez

    Wohh!!!
    Wonderfulllll project !!
    @stouf would be the First Rocket-Lomographer !!!
    You will try to use a kite ... and then drop the camera from it ... or fliying with the kite ... I will try it !!!

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  53. desmal

    desmal

    Stouf, excellent experiment! Keep up the arial explorations. I am going to look into this shutter release timer and perhaps do some exploring of my own. Lomo/On

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  54. mochilis

    mochilis

    Wow, this is GREAT!!!! Everything, from the original idea, the building of the rocket camera, the launching day... even to the editing of the videos. I'm impatient to see ikaros 2 :)
    PS: have you thought about a kite-camera??? That would be great too

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  55. lomoteddy

    lomoteddy

    thats awesome, i see a huge potential here, keep working on it, dont give up, so cool !D

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  56. stouf

    stouf

    @adamo-75 @bccbarbosa @blueskyandhardrock @blackcoffeeandtantrum @satomi: Thanks so much for all the very nice comments ! You should see the big smile in my face ! : )
    @antibiotyx: Apparently it was enough to protect it... And after all, if it wasn't I could have bought another one ! : )
    @panelomo: Thanks for the support Jay ! Why Ikaros ? It's Greek mythology, here's the story (http://en.wikipedia.(…)wiki/Icarus) it's a parallel between his trajectory and this camera's trajectory... : ) Uuuuup and doooown 8D
    @larslau @makny @cyan-shine @maximum_b @emilios: You are sooo good to me THANKS friends!!!
    @-l-l-l-: I'm proud to get such a nice comment from a TRUE camera designer as you !
    @mandi: My dear, you would have most certainly succeeded if you had tried ! And you are absolutely right, in IKAROΣ 2, the shutter will be triggered by the parachute opening. And the parachute will be larger, for a slower descent, and... ho I'll keep the last improvement for the next post... ; )
    @breakphreak @paramir: Thanks for the support guys ! VERY much appreciated !
    @jaalvarez: Thanks buddy ! And about the kite, it's a great idea, and I know someone working on it right now ! Ahaha ! Good luck !

    Thanks again everyone, I will now spend the rest of the day with a stupid smile in my face... : )

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  57. stouf

    stouf

    @desmal: Good luck ! It's a lot of fun !!!
    @mochilis: Yeah, like @jaalvarez pointed out, a kite would be perfectly suitable ! Thanks for the lovely comment !
    @lomoteddy: Thanks dear friend, you're givin' me courage to rebuild all the thing... !!! It's in pieces now : )

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  58. eskimofriend

    eskimofriend

    soooooooooooooooooooooo awesome :)
    you're the rocketman indeed, superlomorocketstoufgenius thats my new nick for you!!!
    do more do more

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  59. warning

    warning

    I haven´t words. You´re a fucking genius!!

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  60. vicuna

    vicuna

    well, first of all, you're really crazy stouf! That's an awesome idea, a real Rocket camera and a fantastic DIY!! And of course, if soemthing like that existed, I would have a lot of fun with it!!

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  61. renaishashin

    renaishashin

    Hey bro, seriously you're very talented! I think you're the only one that can came up with such crazy ideas LOL! Nice 'Rocket' camera there! Maybe you can go something more advance by making it possible to the moon?!?! I shall wait for your new invention! Haha!

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  62. stouf

    stouf

    @eskimofriend: Ahaha Thank you so much ! I'll do more and more !!! : )
    @warning: Muchas gracias cara mía ! ; )
    @vicuna: Merci l'ami, mais il reste encore quelques améliorations à ajouter...
    @renaishashin: Ahaha thanks dear friend, I'll need a slightly bigger bottle to reach the moon 8D

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  63. recurving

    recurving

    I am pretty sure this Elton John song is about you… :) Just great!

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  64. simon-hedge

    simon-hedge

    This is a genius idea. And a really good article about it. I think you should get some kind of award for lomo-bravery!

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  65. blue-dog

    blue-dog

    Oh nice..now I feel better. You did a great job on this project.

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  66. spoeker

    spoeker

    pure awesomeness!!!
    I would def buy one xD

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  67. elvismartinezsmith

    elvismartinezsmith

    super!! j'en revais en voyant les messages 'guess the mistery product', tu l'as fait!
    t'as essayé en le lancant toi meme en l'air, sans rocket? :) ca me rappelle quand j'etais petit je jetais mes playmobils avec un sac plastique attaché sous les bras. J'utilisais le sac comme une fronde (ou un marteau d'athletisme) et je balancais tout ca le plus haut possible, ca marchait pas mal :)

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  68. mariefisen

    mariefisen

    Seriously, that is amazing! I'd love to have one and I'd definitely buy it if it wasn't too expensive. Awesome!

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  69. ericeast

    ericeast

    mind blowing!

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  70. reneg88

    reneg88

    wow man, you always take things beyond anyone's imagination. great job, and I'm looking forward to the day when you perfect it! =D (which i'm sure, with your ingenious, won't be too far from now)

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  71. mikahsupageek

    mikahsupageek

    Tout a été déja dis ! mais je vais réitérer le comment d'adrien, Stouf est OUF !!!! :D Continue a nous faire réver :D

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  72. wompninja

    wompninja

    Great idea! I think it would be better to use something like the Diana mini so that your rocket isn't so top heavy and it would also make it easier to protect the camera. I think your main problems came from the parachute. It opened on the way up every time. You could get a model rocket for relatively cheap that has all of the parachute stuff worked out.
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  73. pushkar

    pushkar

    wow!! man ur a genius!!

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  74. shoujoai

    shoujoai

    YEAH!

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  75. stouf

    stouf

    @recurving: Thanks mate ! Elton is in fact a good buddy of mine ! : )
    @simon-hedge: Thank you so much !!! Your comment made me actually win an award ! Yipeah !
    @blue-dog @spoeker @mariefisen @ericeast @pushkar @shoujoai: Thanks a lot lomofriends, your support is so rewarding !!! And if this ever becomes a real camera, you can trust me to keep it as cheap as possible !!! : )
    @elvismartinezsmith: ahaha ça me fait plaisir de savoir que je réveil des souvenirs d'enfance ! Nous sommes, après tout, de gros bébés qui font mumuse avec des appareils pour enfants : )
    @reneg88: Thanks so much for your confidence. I'll do my best to not disappoint you !
    @mikahsupageek: : ) Merci mon gars !
    @wompninja: I was really dreaming of medium-format shots, and the Holga is pretty light... And you are absolutely right about the parachute, this should be corrected in IKAROΣ 2. Hopefully...

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  76. purple_snow

    purple_snow

    if that isn't an awesome idea! I'd may buy it but I guess the biggest fun is to build it :)

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  77. pamelaklaffke

    pamelaklaffke

    that is quite spectacular! i remember a couple of years ago seeing a 110 rocket camera at the hobby/model here in town. i wonder if they still carry them.... hmm....

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  78. dogma

    dogma

    Man this is amazing, i should try it too :) i think it would be nice to do it with kite :)

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  79. lomosexual_manboy

    lomosexual_manboy

    Always creating really crazy, original contraptions to play with your cameras. So sweet.

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  80. japsix

    japsix

    OMG!!! this is absolutely awesome and absolutely crazy!!! You are a REAL GENIOUS!!!!!

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  81. macstef

    macstef

    this is just awesome and needs mass production :-)

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  82. stouf

    stouf

    @purple_snow: You're right, the building/testing part was a LOT of fun ! : )
    @pamelaklaffke: woo a 110 version ! That would be interesting !... It does make sense, with such small cameras...
    @dogma: Yeah ! The kite idea is a great one !
    @lomosexual_manboy @japsix: Thanks dear friends ! Your words are like liquid gold poured in my ears : )
    @macstef: Ahaha that sounds damn' good mate !

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  83. jimw08

    jimw08

    LomoHero.

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  84. guinastrapazi

    guinastrapazi

    noo!! i want to read this.. why can't i read this? :O

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  85. stouf

    stouf

    @guinastrapazi Hey there, thanks ! This is post has been all broken for a while, forgot about it... Will try and chase down someone who could fix it... : ) If you are keen, you can copy the post and paste it in here (http://www.jmarshall(…)estbed.html)
    Thanks for your curiosity ! : )

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  86. adash

    adash

    So cool, unfortunately one really needs an HTML parser to read it.
    I see you used a Holga, which is OK as far as the LOMO side is affected, but it allows only one shot. Maybe if you installed an automatic (also automatic film winding) camera with a timer as a remote control, that would produce lots of images and provide better photographic opportunity.
    Those pranks are cheap now, and less popular among lomographers as they have no manual control and less distorted images, but can probably be wired to a simple (555 for example) timer to allow shooting every few seconds after launch.

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  87. stouf

    stouf

    @adash Yeah ! Thanks for reading this ! And you're absolutely right. It is actually in my future plans to try and throw this (http://www.lomograph(…)ower-winder) in the air : )

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  88. stouf

    stouf

    @adash Yeah ! Thanks for reading this ! And you're absolutely right. It is actually in my future plans to try and throw this (http://www.lomograph(…)ower-winder) in the air : ) It might not go very high though : )

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  89. adash

    adash

    You'll need a much larger rocket for that...

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  90. guinastrapazi

    guinastrapazi

    daaaamn!!! holy shit!! this is amazing! :DDDDD cool cool cool cool cooool!

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  91. cremi

    cremi

    l'abolition de la limite de l'imaginaire By Stouf!!!!awsome!!!

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