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WSIKF AWE Report Part 2- KiteLab Demos

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  • dave santos
    2009 was KiteLab s third year demoing AWE at WSIKF (Washington State International Kite Festival).   Highlights-   A tethered HotWing foil wowed the
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 9, 2009
      2009 was KiteLab's third year demoing AWE at WSIKF (Washington State International Kite Festival).
       
      Highlights-
       
      A tethered HotWing foil wowed the festival crowd on Thursday. Its truly the tip of a HAWT without all the excess structure. These wings are much hotter than the stock sport kites KiteLab uses for COTS AWE to drive a generator by a string A-frame or tri-tether. Kids loved it. Some kite pros thought it was uncanny, scary even, but on close inspection found it safe (low mass & soft).
       
      energykitesystems.net/DaveSantos/wsikfwing.mpg
       
      KiteLab's utility arch flew halyard experiments on Monday, arch & train day. Jason Jolivet assisted & proved an apt student. A finding is that kite arch/lattice halyards/haul line loops need to have both lines well separated by a spread fair-lead or twist-up is probable.
       
      energykitesystems.net/DaveSantos/lifterline.jpg
       
      The above jpg was not exactly the configuration flown at WSIKF, its missing the the big HQ XXL sled. The scrap kite in the fore-sky, made from old tents, caused merriment. Its a serious example of a powerful utility pilot/lifter made from salvage material. Detail-
       
      energykitesystems.net/DaveSantos/scrapkite.jpg
       
      KiteLab's little "reference" flygen flew nicely all afternoon on Saturday.
       
      energykitesystems.net/DaveSantos/WSIKF2009Augustflygen.jpg  
       
      On Tuesday Iqbal Hussein, an invited kite star, helped set up & fly a small membrane wing mill generating electricity using John Borsheim's spragged flywheel generator. Detail-
       
      energykitesystems.net/DaveSantos/SpragGen.jpg
       
      David Gomberg, a top kite showman & manufacture, checked out KiteLab AWE tech for the second fest this year (Austin Kite Fest last March). He was amused by this macho KiteLab hyperwinder.
       
      energykitesystems.net/DaveSantos/multiwinder.jpg
       
      Scott Slater was at WSKIF this year & confirms his 2400 sq ft Osborne pararfoil is available for AWE research. Here is a strange trick. He flies the kite low (~60 ft), which means its unstable, as the giant kite's loop frequency closely matches the tether frequency. Sooner or later, usually after an hour or two, it hooks into the ground & he bags it. This is how he manages to bring it down single-handed without fail!
       
      A Tal Streeter UFO was being flown at WSIKF on four lines & is surely the "sideways flying" wonder Drachen's Dave Lang & Joe Hadzicki wished for. Its a round hoop with fabric stretched across it & a hole in the middle. It originally sold as a sort of flying disc yo-yo.
       
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      Tomorrow is the One Sky One World kite peace fest here on The Peninsula. KiteLab will perform dual varidrogue & minimalist surf-zone energy experiments.
       
       
       

    • Joe Faust
      http://energykitesystems.net/DaveSantos/scrapkite.jpg http://energykitesystems.net/DaveSantos/WSIKF2009Augustflygen.jpg
      Message 2 of 3 , Oct 10, 2009
      • Joe Faust
        http://energykitesystems.net/DaveSantos/wsikfwing.mpg
        Message 3 of 3 , Oct 10, 2009
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