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October 4, 2019                Dave Santos

TU Delft's latest AWES "reference model"

Thanks to PierreB for posting this new TUD MSc thesis.

A close reading reveals quite poor average full-cycle output of the high wing-loading 50m WS kiteplane reference design (<1MW), and the optimistic presumption that an uncrashworthy rigid airframe is more "durable" than a crashworthy fabric kite, disregarding current ktieplane MTBF crash statistics. Using a Skysails/North lower wing-loading 300m2 power kite as a comparable reference design, far more power is possible, at far lower capital cost, but no such comparison is offered.

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