A project as complex as Sky Ear would naturally be impossible for one person to complete alone. Many people have contributed to the design & development, the logistics, the test flights, etc. etc. In particular I would like to thank the following:

  • Seth Garlock, Senseinate Inc. for many uncompensated months of electronics design, troubleshooting and redesign; also for the invention, design and development of the B2B network that allows the balloons to communicate; and Rolf Pixley, for colour-mixing algorithms and software development
  • Louise Hayward, curator at the National Maritime Museum, for taking care of all the event details that make the project possible
  • Susan Haque (aka "Mom"), for handling all sorts of logistical issues, brainstorming and accounting
  • David Crookes, Fluid Structures Engineers and Technical Designers, for providing invaluable structural advice
  • Abi Abdolwahabi, Bartlett School of Architecture, for design tutorials during detail fabrication and for being a constant calming influence
  • Shade Abdul, for excellent assistance during the final phase of the project
  • Phil Ayres, Sixteen Makers, for CADCAM advice, design and fabrication
  • Mike Graham, Professor of Unsteady Aerodynamics, Aeronautics Department, Imperial College London, for advice on getting Sky Ear to fly
  • Robin Catchpole, Senior astronomer, Royal Observatory Greenwich, for being the first person intrigued by the project and for making sure that it could happen at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich; also for acute scientific critique during the design phase
  • Mo-Ling Chui, media culture design corp., for incomparable PR and event advice
  • Jules, Johann, Claire, Ting, Ting's mate, Ben Pirt, Tom & Becky for helping out during the very first test flight
  • Gabby Shawcross, Daniel Maloney, Guvenc Topcuoglu, pilots on the second test flight
  • Josephine Pletts, co-writer of the first three grant applications for Sky Ear
  • Jacques Perron, Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology, for continual encouragement and enthusiasm about Sky Ear
  • Ai Hasegawa (aka "Love"), for design and logistical advice and for helping out in different ways every day of the entire project (particularly on the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth test flights...)

Finally, I would also like to thank the following for crucial support in the form of sponsorship or sponsorship-in-kind:


Sky Ear is a project by Usman Haque financially assisted by the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology.

Electronics & B2B network by Seth Garlock, Senseinate Inc. Software by Rolf Pixley, Anomalous Research Ltd.

Microcontrollers provided by Texas Instruments, Inc.

Carbon fibre tubing for framework by RBJ Plastics, UK