M E M O R A N D U M
29 June 1945
|From:||Design Section, Special Projects Unit|
|To: ||Director, Special Devices|
|Via: ||Engineering Coordinator|
|Subj:||Kite-elevated Camera; Project request for.|
- Successful photographs have been taken from kites
since about 1900, using amateur equipment. It is believed that
research and developmental work might be carried on by Special
Projects Unit to produce a kite elevated camera of military value.
- Such a device could be used as follows:
- Scouting parties in hilly terrain would be able
to photograph country beyond the surrounding
hills and plan their course of advance.
- Landfall Techniques crews preparing maps "on
location" could photograph small areas not
covered sufficiently by previous surveys.
- Kite camera could be used to spot enemy units
on the move or preparing new defenses in an
area beyond direct vision or at night. Kite
would be less easily detected than photographic
airplane, and is smaller target.
- Proposed device could be used for aerial photography
when airplane facilities are not available.
- Development and inclusion of the following items
in subject device are expected to produce a practical and useful
device, superior to any kite-elevated camera known to this Unit.
- Spring operated film winders.
- Solenoid-activated shutters.
- Quick-developing apparatus.