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Kite Types
Kites have necessary part sets: r, t, w

r: resistive set of elements
t: tether set that couples r elements with w elements
w: set of wing elements

  • Kite types differentiated by a change in elements found in r
  • Kite types differentiated by the movement pattern of r   (moves with the fixed soil, moves by virtue of a powered vehicle base, moves by virtue of the r parts freely falling in  gravity field, etc.)
  • Kite types differentiated by a change in elements found in t
  • Kite types differentiated by a change in elements found in w
  • Kite types differentiated by tasks accomplished with the kites. What work is the the work kite doing beyond sustaining its own flight?
  • Kite types differentiated by the medium in which the kite operates (air, water, soup, chemical fluid, plasma, ...)
  • Kites types differentiated on whether or not humans or animals are integrated with the r, t, or w.
  • Kite types differentiated by cost of materials.
  • Kite types differentiated by the builders of the kite parts
  • Kite types differentiated by the time cost to operate the kite
  • Kite types differentiated by the number of wings in its w
  • Energy kites dedicated to generating energy for secondary uses.
  • Metaphorical kites
  • Virtual kites
  • Digital kites
  • Trash kites
    • Kites made of trash
    • Kites that are to be trashed
    • Kites dedicated to moving or processing trash
    • Kites that receive judgments from people: looks like trash.
  • Lost kites
  • Found kites
  • Damaged kites
  • Fixed kites
  • Loved kites
  • Unloved kites
  • Pet kites
  • Pet-flying kites
  • Working kites
  • Non-working kites
  • Stored kites
  • Store-bought kites
  • Mail-ordered kites
  • One-of-a-kind kites
  • Signed kites (signed by maker)
  • Certified kites (certified for some particular parameter or aspect)
  • Hand-holdable kites
  • Non-hand-holdable kites
  • Mixed-type types!  Complex kites that have sub-elemental kites of different types of kites.
  • Storm kites
  • Lovely kites
  • Living kites
  • Dead kites
  • Race kites
  • Funny kites
  • Green kites
  • Food kites
  • Color kites ( blue kites, yellow kites, etc.)
  • Altitude-attempt kites
  • Kites with wings that are string-and-air formed without frames
  • Kites with wings that are framed
  • Kites with rotating wings
    • Barrel
    • Savonious
    • Magnus
    • Helicopter  HAWT
    • Counter-rotating sets of blades
  • Kites that feature line laundry, line trash, line displays. line flags, line streamers,
  • Kites with illuminated tethers
  • Kites with illuminated wings
  • Kites that display messages and images in video on the wing surfaces
  • Kites that are "flying" in the medium of water: paravanes
  • Kites of wings mad
  • Paragliders are kites with the resistive set mainly consisting of harness and human pilot. The single-short tether with a framed wing is often called by default "hang glider" even though some hang gliders are note kites (Lilienthal, Bastson, etc.).  Paragliders may have frames in their wing set or not have frames in their wing set.
  • Kites that have have presence in the literature by photo, by drawing, by description, by video, by reference, etc.
  • Found kites
  • Treed kites
  • Kites with positive-inflated closed bladders
  • Kites featuring ram-air-inflated members
  • Kites that radiate sound (noise, music, animal calls, speeches, tones)
  • Kites that radiate visible light
  • Kites that highly reflect visible-light beams
  • Kites that collect and convert sun light to electricity
  • Kites that are for collecting atmospheric moisture
  • Kites that are for dropping water onto land, fires, people, plants, animals
  • Kites that are for making rain by various means
  • The types of kite hang gliders with frames used for carrying the pilot as the main resistive set r element    Many sub-types. See the WHGA.
  • Flown kites
  • Not-yet-flown kites
  • Never-flown kites
  • Never-to-be-flown kites
  • Kites with two anchors spread a certain distance (short to very long).
  • Boat traction? What size of hull and for what purpose?

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Kites can be typed in several ways: Thoroughout kite literature people talk about kites in different ways; different skill levels; costing levels; quality levels; competitive levels; collectible levels; historicity; famous makers old and new; figure or not; dominant material...paper or aluminum foil,etc; for beginner or expert; hard or easy to make, artistic or plain, tiny or huge, practical or recreational, scientific or commercial, manned or not, experimental or tried-and-true, singele tether or multiple tether, tailed or not; air or not-air; original from a famous maker or replica; this or that reputable manufacturer; insignificant or significant application. These various extant typings evident throughout the literature are simply organized from what is found in the literature. Specific nations type kites for regulations. Specific groups of manufacturers and commercial users of kites type kites along the lines important to their concerns. Sport kiting organizations have their own typing categories. Kite festivals type kites for kite contests. Patent offices type kites in certain ways. Sport competitors type kites in their own ways. Hydro kite companies and scientists type hydro non-air water kites in their own ways. No one point of view controls the freedom of the kite to be many things for many people as is evident in the kite literature over thousands of years.

- * Airplane mimic kite - * Arch kite rotary two-anchor rainbow arch or/and static two-anchor rainbow arch - * Bow kite - * Bowed kite - * Cellular or box kite - * Delta kite - * Fighter kite - * Foil or parafoil kite - * Hydro kite - * Indoor kite - * Inflatable single-line kite - * Jalbert parafoil kite following invention of Domina Jalbert - * Kytoon--shaped balloon that kites (lighter than medium in which it moves within a gravity field) - * Manned kite Man-lifting kite Manned kite. Kite having human as free-falling anchor (subset of hang gliders). - * Miniature kite - * Plasma kite - * Rogallo Parawing kite - * Rotary kite--vertical axis rotary, spanwise rotary, mixed rotary, streamwise axially rotary - * Rokkaku - * Sauls' Barrage Kite U.S. Design Patent No. D136,018 COLLAPSIBLE KITE Hosea C. Sauls - * Scott Sled and Allison Sled: two kite types that have interwined histories and a large following with many hybrids stemming from the origninal leading historical designs. - * Soil kite - * Stunt kite - * Styrofoam kites - * Target Kite by Paul Garber --a key gunnery practice target practice kite in war. U. S. Navy Target Kite - * Tetrahedral kites - * Zero-wind kite (kite pilot stays within a tight ground cirle) - * Tetrahedral kite - * Underwater kite


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