is a peek at KiteLab's new kite machine, SkyEngine1™,
ready for WSIKF2010. It shows how true crosswind kite power is
practical, and even ridiculously simple to tap, using stock kites.
This pre-production prototype was made from scrap for under $20. The
core is a Norwegian rowing machine and the lever is a small load-binder.
Rate it at about 500 watts. The exercise function already measures watts
by peak and average, so it is a good instrument for measuring kite
power. The key design advance is correct lever and loadpath geometry.
Competing lever geometries suffer by being cumbersome and giving excess
ground downwind, with no step-up. A soil-anchor attaches under the unit.
A 2.3 m Peter Lynn Pepper or 4.5 m Ozone Fury multiline
kite drives it. Any multiline kite pilot can fly the KiteEngine™.
Self-oscillating wings will drive it without a pilot.
The UltraKite™ SkyEngine™ line is offered as a scalable
ground-side solution for any AWE concept with pumping action. Order
~Dave Santos August
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Terms and aspects:
- stock kites
- SkyEngine1, SkyEngine, Sky Engine
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