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For kite equipment, I have been happy with gear. At spatial@ucsb, Kitty Currier and I have endeavored to create inexpensive aerial platforms. One of my favorites is the Discavet– a self-leveling rig made from a compact disc, plastic bottle, twine, cable ties, tape, notebook clips, and a toy screw. It uses a Picavet suspension. See:

Gyro servos are now fairly easy to acquire (though about $65-$70/each), and could make for some fun hacking.

Concerning software tools for basic georeferencing and partial orthorectification (to reconcile sensor alignment of aerial images), here are a few I use:

mapknitter (open source)  link
mapwarper (open source) link
ArcGIS via the Georeferencing toolbar (proprietary) link