|Directly Driven Crank
A crank directly driven by a looping kite must be well aimed and held firmly to maximize efficiency. The images below show a groundgen turret with a mass damper beam (2x4 inch lumber) with "Ear Vanes" that orient the crank downwind by "snowplow stability" effect. The experiment worked quite well, the cranking hardly perturbed the wind-tracking turret.
Here is a clip of the looping kite by itself; the lens cap was stuck half open. I'll update with a better video next time the system flies, showing the crank in action with a wider loop pattern-
CoopIP/FairIP ~Dave Santos May 28, 2010 M1581
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