CoolIP index Most recent edit: Wednesday October 24, 2012
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Inverse Figure Eights?
In reviewing TUDelft
videos a curious fact jumps out, that they are flying figure
eights in the opposite direction from what is common. Rather than crossing
the kite power-zone in a dive, they use the power zone to climb and then
dive toward the edge of the window. The result is a smoother power output
during the "long-cycle" extended reel-out phase. By contrast, we see NASA
Langley tracing figure eights in the "normal" way, diving across the power
zone in a huge surge, but other than that, the two prestige aerospace
teams are exploring similar long-cycle reeling hardware configurations.
CoolIP* ~Dave Santos 24March2012 AWES5882
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