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Jan. 30, 2020, post by Joe Faust
The 11 students call the wings of the kite system: "glider" which term would apply if the wing was in free flight. I have not yet seen a note regarding their escape procedure that might include gliding rather than kiting; but, indeed, a dis-tethered kited wing form for effective gliding is a well known tactic (e.g., tow sailplane and then release the sailplane, tow hang glider and release to free-flight gliding, etc.).
The concept of GreenHyve holds gross tactic that is well rehearsed in the literature: twin-kited wings using Y-tether format. The GreenHyve team calculates that 19 of such systems could provide substantial energy enough to power TU Delft. Together, the 19 systems would form a kite farm or AWES farm.
We await notes concerning launching and landing the individual two-wing AWES.