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Localised power uses at altitude
We've discussed using a KiteSat™ (KPower) arrangement for communications.
I believe there will be many more uses for localised power use at altitude.
Starting with toys... my pet topic... Why not tie a string bag under a kite and use it for target practice? It's a great game, I've taught my kids to hunt kites with bow and arrow. The power could be used for scoring detection and score display or signaling.
Arrows, golf, football, rugby, Frisbee, javelin?... are all great targeting games which could be adapted with a fun new element... But what about military application? The army currently shoot drones out of the sky from an island ~70 miles south of here... pricey! Would kites make good marksman training devices?
Could a kite target bag redirect your ball to return it down a hollow tube run up the tether? That way a hit gets you a returned ball yippee!
My pal Dave Mill (Diesel Assist Technologies) makes hydrogen generation cells with a ~20yr service life.... They're small and light and run off your 12v. There's a regulator to inject a small amount into combustion gas mix...
A trickle of hydrogen could be used aloft to maintain balloon characteristics.
A 12v supply aloft could be used to steer said balloon too. Potentially very handy should you wish to lift an otherwise awkward non lifting AWES.
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