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Chloroprene Mapping Balloon


The same balloon that ships in our Balloon Mapping Kit, this 5.5 foot (170cm) latex/chloroprene (neoprene rubber) balloon is ideal for carrying cameras up to 4,000 feet. These UV-resistant balloons can stay inflated for hours, and last for a dozen* flights if well cared-for. Buy a single balloon here without a kit to replace one that's popped, or buy one as a backup if you're planning on doing a lot of mapping.

*We are seeing 5-12 inflations if the balloon is minimally filled (40-50 cu ft) 3-5 if it is medium inflated (60-70 cu ft) and 2-3 inflations if the balloon is filled all the way to 70-87 cu ft. The temperature changes, sunlight, human skin oils, dust, and abrasions the balloon is exposed to significantly effect longevity.  Color is red, not blue as pictured.


To learn more about balloon mapping, check out the open source documentation on the Public Lab website 

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Want to carry our kits in your own store? Order wholesale! Contact the kits team.

Community Science Forum: Frac Sand

Our quarterly print publication has a new name, and a wider scope. It's now called the Community Science Forum. This issue is focused on frac sand, and in particular on the work being done in western Wisconsin by community groups concerned about air and water quality impacts of mining operations there.

Usually $5, we're offering the new issue at an experimental price of $2 plus shipping.

Event Packs

Do you have an event planned and would like to introduce Public Lab to your community? Order a $10 Event Pack with GMF and foldout maps!


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