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Robotic Kite-Buddy Vehicle

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  • dave santos
    A Kite-Buddy is a friend who does any of several jobs for the kite flyer, but most importantly helps launch a kite by presenting it to the wind on an
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 6, 2012
      A "Kite-Buddy" is a friend who does any of several jobs for the kite flyer, but most importantly helps launch a kite by presenting it to the wind on an extended tether. This skips more chaotic "short-line harmonics" and painfully slow downwinding by a "cold-launch". With a "hot" "buddy-launch" a kite winch can raise the kite to working altitude in a deterministic way. Landing would generally be practical to the winch, but a kite buddy might retrieve an accidentally grounded kite for relaunching or saving it from dragging back home.

      A robot vehicle Kite-Buddy may be the golden solution to launching difficulties many AWES R&D teams like KiteGen are currently experiencing. A few radiating taxiways from a central anchor point would suffice. The rest of the land scope under the AWES could serve other needs.

      A mix of prior art and some IP claims exist around this method. The passive launching of a hang-glider on a dolly is a close existing analog.

      coolIP
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