Launch Your Imagination: Introducing… Kepler Space Kit

Posted ago by Baron

While Quirky’s Kepler allows anyone to take stunning photographs from hundreds of feet up, we understand that some explorers may want to go higher still. That’s why we developed the Kepler Space Kit, a modification capable of sending a camera soaring into the final frontier. The base Kepler kit transforms with minimal waste: the kite turns into a parachute, the rods into landing legs, and the custom mount supports a capsule for high-flying travel. Add a weather balloon and a GPS transmitter, and your iPhone or Go Pro camera will be ready to blast off and return with footage of the great beyond (“Millenium Falcon” decal not included).

Inventor Brian Erickson first envisioned Kepler as a way for everyday folk to experience the magic of space, and while the product’s base kit is a little more down-to-earth, it’s not like Quirky to abandon a dream. With the help of 63 community influencers, that dream came to life through an incredible adventure: check out the video below for the full story, or head to Quirky’s Upcoming section to help us price this space-faring wonder!

Features:
– Modifications allow the Kepler photo kit to record photos and video from 100,000 ft
– Ripstop kite and rods transform into a parachute and landing legs for minimal waste
– Lightweight space capsule can mount either an iPhone 5 or Go Pro camera, keeping it safe and secure during flight
– Additional items required for a space flight (not included): helium, weather balloon, GPS for GoPro, batteries, audio beacon

Materials:
– Carbon fiber legs
– Ripstop nylon parachute
– Acrylic case and mount
– Plastic housing

Dimensions:
– Parachute: 1981mm Rokkukku Kite
– Iphone Mount: 118mm diameter
– Iphone Case: 81mm W x 132mm H x 13mm D
– Go Pro Case: 118mm diameter x 44mm height
– Legs: 305mm L x 44mm diameter
– Feet: 52mm H
– Lid: 72mm H x 118mm diameter

Price, qty and features subject to change during production process.

Comments (68)

Baron Nagy avatar
Baron Nagy
Hey folks, just to confirm: due to a number of reasons, the name for this product has been changed from Orbus to Kepler. Orbus and Kepler are not separate products.
HighQ avatar
HighQ
Congratulations Quirky ... true explorers you are!
Pushkin avatar
Pushkin
What a fun project. I think this is pretty cool.
HighQ avatar
HighQ
Very clever to use the kite as a parachute too;)
Leo avatar
Leo
That is insane. Hard to tell the earth's curve from just the lens on the phone/camera used. Why no weather balloon included?
Active-DS avatar
Active-DS
Good job! Congrets!:)
Baron Nagy avatar
Baron Nagy
@Uncle Leo: the weather balloon and GPS are rather expensive components, and we didn't want to make the cost of the basic Kepler kit too prohibitive (some folks might only want to use the kite format).
MRP avatar
MRP
Awesome :)
Michael Kloeckner avatar
Michael Kloeckner
so cool !
MarcR avatar
MarcR
Very Cool. Anyway to design it so the legs of the capsule stay out of the camera view?
Chipperson avatar
Chipperson
:D
Brandon Murray avatar
Brandon Murray
I would have never guessed a weather balloon could climb so high! That's awesome, good job!
Sebastien Lauzon avatar
Sebastien Lauzon
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!! I agree with MarcR
Kyle Dulan avatar
Kyle Dulan
Cool!
Debra Courtenay avatar
Debra Courtenay
Wow - the video is great...glad Kevin Bacon survived the Tree Climb! wink wink
John Moore avatar
John Moore
Is there any way to mount a weapon on this?
Bobby Antrim avatar
Bobby Antrim
wow really cool!
Don Darnell avatar
Don Darnell
I thought the product idea was just goofy, but watching the above video really changed my mind. To make a simple product that has touched the edge of space and return safely is amazing and inspiring. Good job Quirky and the sky is no longer the limit for what Quirky can do.
Lillie avatar
Lillie
I so want to try that! Care to outfit another experimental voyage on the west coast??
Paulette Jaques avatar
Paulette Jaques
That was fuckin awesome!
Ernesto  Tan avatar
Ernesto Tan
Wow! I'm so impressed and overwhelmed and really made me took a deep breath , that's how much I love the earth's beauty ! The aerial Video was really clear and beautiful! AAAAAAAAAAAAh I love itttttttttttttttttttt! Fascinating and incredible Quirky! Thank you for Sharing ! Regards, Ernesto
Ernesto  Tan avatar
Ernesto Tan
I posted this on my Facebook Wall for my friends and family to see ... Awesome !!!
Ernesto  Tan avatar
Ernesto Tan
Love the Earth's View ! Awesome !!!
Capone avatar
Capone
That's incredible but... hello, FAA regulations??? Oh my, I wish it were legal. Did you guys think that maybe the thing could get trapped in a 747's jet engine? Come on now. I still love it and I'm thinking that it still would be awesome if attached to a good old kite string! If you're reading this, get back to you vacation! :)
Charles Kobernat avatar
Charles Kobernat
WOW it is incredible and legal from what I could read of the FAA regulations. As long as the payload is under four pounds it is exempt. That said the FAA does ask (after similar recent launches) that you do notify/check with them. Great job!
John Catalano avatar
John Catalano
It's not illegal but you are supposed to keep the FAA in the loop. Google FAA weather balloon, etc.
Robert Fitzgerald avatar
Robert Fitzgerald
I'm kind of new here. So where is the price?
Thrifty avatar
Thrifty
got a mention here http://www.petapixel.com/2013/01/01/kepler-space-kit-makes-taking-pictures-from-space-a-snap/
Robin Barto avatar
Robin Barto
Amazing... Congratulations on your success. One question I have is does the FAA need to know when you launch? I wonder about flight patterns and if there would be a problem if aircraft ran into the space kit?
Jen Burge avatar
Jen Burge
The law here does seem clear on cell phone use (which iphone is, and last I checked, it must be on to snap pics - but can it be legal in "airplane mode"? http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&rgn=div8&view=text&node=47:2.0.1.1.2.8.27.12&idno=47
Jake Bogdanich avatar
Jake Bogdanich
Very cool kit. There is a connection on the top of the parachute for the balloon right? Also, is there any way to alter the legs so they are not in the view of the camera during flight?
Jeff Lee avatar
Jeff Lee
Actually, why not just skip the legs altogether and maybe glue a foam ring on the bottom for cushion instead. The thing should be light enough with a parachute that it won't get damaged and the odds of it landing on the 3 legs are slim anyway. I mean this one landed in a tree.
Misty Roth avatar
Misty Roth
LOOKS LIKE HAARP INTENNA
Jorge  Sansivirini avatar
Jorge Sansivirini
Great video!! love it! but is there a way to get the Kepler's legs out of the viewing frame? It would look sooo much better!
Baron Nagy avatar
Baron Nagy
Hey folks, just to confirm: due to a number of reasons, the name for this product has been changed from Orbus to Kepler. Orbus and Kepler are not separate products.
HighQ avatar
HighQ
Congratulations Quirky ... true explorers you are!
Pushkin avatar
Pushkin
What a fun project. I think this is pretty cool.
HighQ avatar
HighQ
Very clever to use the kite as a parachute too;)
Leo avatar
Leo
That is insane. Hard to tell the earth's curve from just the lens on the phone/camera used. Why no weather balloon included?
Active-DS avatar
Active-DS
Good job! Congrets!:)
Baron Nagy avatar
Baron Nagy
@Uncle Leo: the weather balloon and GPS are rather expensive components, and we didn't want to make the cost of the basic Kepler kit too prohibitive (some folks might only want to use the kite format).
MRP avatar
MRP
Awesome :)
Michael Kloeckner avatar
Michael Kloeckner
so cool !
MarcR avatar
MarcR
Very Cool. Anyway to design it so the legs of the capsule stay out of the camera view?
Chipperson avatar
Chipperson
:D
Brandon Murray avatar
Brandon Murray
I would have never guessed a weather balloon could climb so high! That's awesome, good job!
Sebastien Lauzon avatar
Sebastien Lauzon
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!! I agree with MarcR
Kyle Dulan avatar
Kyle Dulan
Cool!
Debra Courtenay avatar
Debra Courtenay
Wow - the video is great...glad Kevin Bacon survived the Tree Climb! wink wink
John Moore avatar
John Moore
Is there any way to mount a weapon on this?
Bobby Antrim avatar
Bobby Antrim
wow really cool!
Don Darnell avatar
Don Darnell
I thought the product idea was just goofy, but watching the above video really changed my mind. To make a simple product that has touched the edge of space and return safely is amazing and inspiring. Good job Quirky and the sky is no longer the limit for what Quirky can do.
Lillie avatar
Lillie
I so want to try that! Care to outfit another experimental voyage on the west coast??
Paulette Jaques avatar
Paulette Jaques
That was fuckin awesome!
Ernesto  Tan avatar
Ernesto Tan
Wow! I'm so impressed and overwhelmed and really made me took a deep breath , that's how much I love the earth's beauty ! The aerial Video was really clear and beautiful! AAAAAAAAAAAAh I love itttttttttttttttttttt! Fascinating and incredible Quirky! Thank you for Sharing ! Regards, Ernesto
Ernesto  Tan avatar
Ernesto Tan
I posted this on my Facebook Wall for my friends and family to see ... Awesome !!!
Ernesto  Tan avatar
Ernesto Tan
Love the Earth's View ! Awesome !!!
Capone avatar
Capone
That's incredible but... hello, FAA regulations??? Oh my, I wish it were legal. Did you guys think that maybe the thing could get trapped in a 747's jet engine? Come on now. I still love it and I'm thinking that it still would be awesome if attached to a good old kite string! If you're reading this, get back to you vacation! :)
Charles Kobernat avatar
Charles Kobernat
WOW it is incredible and legal from what I could read of the FAA regulations. As long as the payload is under four pounds it is exempt. That said the FAA does ask (after similar recent launches) that you do notify/check with them. Great job!
John Catalano avatar
John Catalano
It's not illegal but you are supposed to keep the FAA in the loop. Google FAA weather balloon, etc.
Robert Fitzgerald avatar
Robert Fitzgerald
I'm kind of new here. So where is the price?
Thrifty avatar
Thrifty
got a mention here http://www.petapixel.com/2013/01/01/kepler-space-kit-makes-taking-pictures-from-space-a-snap/
Robin Barto avatar
Robin Barto
Amazing... Congratulations on your success. One question I have is does the FAA need to know when you launch? I wonder about flight patterns and if there would be a problem if aircraft ran into the space kit?
Jen Burge avatar
Jen Burge
The law here does seem clear on cell phone use (which iphone is, and last I checked, it must be on to snap pics - but can it be legal in "airplane mode"? http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&rgn=div8&view=text&node=47:2.0.1.1.2.8.27.12&idno=47
Jake Bogdanich avatar
Jake Bogdanich
Very cool kit. There is a connection on the top of the parachute for the balloon right? Also, is there any way to alter the legs so they are not in the view of the camera during flight?
Jeff Lee avatar
Jeff Lee
Actually, why not just skip the legs altogether and maybe glue a foam ring on the bottom for cushion instead. The thing should be light enough with a parachute that it won't get damaged and the odds of it landing on the 3 legs are slim anyway. I mean this one landed in a tree.
Misty Roth avatar
Misty Roth
LOOKS LIKE HAARP INTENNA
Jorge  Sansivirini avatar
Jorge Sansivirini
Great video!! love it! but is there a way to get the Kepler's legs out of the viewing frame? It would look sooo much better!
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