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Plans and specifications for kite systems are the focus of this group. Each plan receives a topic starter post; development and comment of that plan are in reply to the lead post; sharing build notes and flight-testing notes regarding the specific built-from-subject plan are encouraged.

Plans should be very specific in details. A reader should be able to follow the plan to construct the kite system. A starter post may not be complete; effort in replies to that starter post are to be used to make the plan more complete. Photographs, drawings, procedure lists, materials lists are invited. Overburdening crass self-advertising for parts and materials will be deleted. We are not responsible for the integrity of plans or specified parts; and we urge each builder to take full responsibility for builds, including the appropriateness of used parts. There is no warranty that a plan will represent a working machine; safety is 100% the responsibility of builders and users of kite systems.

A kite is a three-part machine: resistive set, tether set, and wing set. Each set may be simple or complex. Anchors, tethers, and wings make up a kite system. A kite plan should address specifications for the anchor system, the tether system, and the wing system. Each wing in the wing set may need its individual specification. Kite plans should address the safety sphere of the system, as well as the wind range for operations.

A kite plan may be for a system that is intended for use in liquids, gases, or a mix of both. A kite plan may be for a machine that uses kiting principles while being lighter-than-air or heavier-than-air. A kite system may be with a static resistive set or a mobile resistive set; the mobility of the resistive set may be restricted to a given surface or be let into free-flight. Paragliders, parakites, kite hang gliders, AWES, etc., are kite systems. Intended payloads of a kite system may be animate or inanimate. Kite systems put to work are welcome here.

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  • Aerospace
  • Oct 25, 2012
  • English

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