Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2013.

First Advisor

Christopher Kitts

Second Advisor

Timothy Hight


The goal of Project ICARUS is to create an aerial videography system that is easy to set up, inexpensive, portable, and highly adaptable to any situation. This is accomplished by using a balloon mounted camera rig that is grounded by a number of winches. This system is able to obtain a higher altitude than similar systems and is much more cost effective because the system can be applied to a number of circumstances such as sporting events, disaster relief, wildlife videography, and aerial monitoring, to name a few. The ICARUS system allows the user to control the position of an aerial camera as well as its orientation in three dimensional space using minimal infrastructure. This system features a control system that allows the user to specify an input in cartesian space as well as a live view from the aerial camera.