Launch hang gliders by use of a kite
Kites launching kites is a meta parent to kites launching kite hang gliders.
There are many ways to use kite systems to effect the launch of a
free-flight hang glider. [Note: The trivial case is that some hang gliders
are already a kite system.]
We are in draft mode on this folder of
files for a hang gliding community launch project; we certainly invite notes from all; please send
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choose to advance this concern. There is large room and opportunity for very
many people to advance launch-HG-by-kite systems. It is anticipated
that sharp practical solutions will be being placed on the option table
throughout the entire 21st century. Any tiny contribution
advancing these techniques could be fun and eventually helpful. Artists
and cartoonists are invited to the technical play. Go for sport or practical
Urged from all who may be interested in one or more methods of launching
hang gliders by use of kite systems:
- Operating procedures
- Detail photographs
- Test results
- Videos of a system's use
- Safety-critical notes and mitigations
- Niche applications of a particular system in recreation, sport,
commerce, survival, science, art, promotional advertising, etc.
The discussion topic that faces a kite hang glider in itself
without further kite systems involved for the launch, is the purist situation
well developed in conventional hang gliding literature. This purist
category may involve such as direct
launching of one's hang glider by foot, incline rolling, incline skiing, ... Such methods involve
jumping up into lift from flatland (using fence lift perhaps) or using the
potential energy obtained by moving the hang glider to a high point (platform,
slope, hill, mountain, building). Moving a hang glider to a point where
potential energy of height may be used for self-launching of the kite hang
glider is frequently done by walking, hiking, getting assist from carriers
(friends, cars, trucks,
buses, helicopters, airplanes, trains, blimps, horses, dogs, etc.); note, such
carriers are carriers only, not launch tugs. Other carriers may be
space-reentry vehicles with the hang glider deployed from the spacecraft. Or a
hang glider might launch from the interior or exterior surface of a powered
aircraft. Or released from a balloon system. This category occupies the major
part of hang gliding literature. Rather,
we spend attention now below on less-direct launch methods that use a kite
system to launch hang gliders into free-flight gliding and soaring.
Varieties of kite-system launching hang gliders into
free-flight gliding and soaring: (collection
is not yet complete; all are welcome to advance the topic)
- Pilot climbs up to the lofted-by-kite arrangement after the HG is lifted by the
kite system. The arrangement aloft may be varied. Hang and release is one
choice. Another is to have an aloft platform. Perhaps held aloft is a tent or
home where hang glider pilots may rest or party before launching off the
- Pilot is lifted with the HG by a kite system.
- Pulley method once kite system is launched.
- HG with pilot mounts kite; kite then zooms to then release the piloted
- HG may be the
to the lifting kite.
- HG may be hung from the lifting kite and then released at will of the
- HG may be as the tail of the lifting kite and then released at will of
- HG may be hung from the main tether of the lifting kite system and then
released at will of the pilot.
- HG may be hoisted up to release altitude, all of which is supported by
the macro kite system.
- HG may be slung via main kite-system tether tension after tether is set
down or pulled down to trigger point. This slinging may be using an
arrangement from ordinary position of a kite tether or from other
arrangements that mimic a Y slingshot.
- Conventional aerotow of HG is a kite system using a powered aircraft;
that powered aircraft also might be an electric aircraft which electricity
could be obtained by a kite-energy-system. The powered aircraft could be
either robot-controlled in untethered flight or robot-control, but tethered
- Pilot is delivered to the lifted-by-kite system via secondary means.
- Kite system holds artificial slope or ramp; pilot carries HG up the
- Kite system holds up artificial slope or fence; pilot jumps off flats into
the lift zone formed windward of the held slope or fence. See suggestive video
in Google video.
- Kite system is used as a tug source for launching hang glider.
- Dynamic free flight system where HG is the lower second-to-fly end of
the free-flight tether.
- Kite system tugs through two separated field pulleys without any
- Kite system tugs through two separated field pulleys with a line-speed
- Kite system is used in a kite-energy-system format to generate electricity
to be used to launch a hang glider. The electricity may be used immediately or
stored for later use in one of these methods:
- Power an electric winch to skyte the HG in conventional manners.
- Power an e-powered harness via cable to source of electricity either
onboard or remote
- Power an electric winch for towing up a hang glider.
- Power a electric aircraft which would then aerotow the hang glider.
- Charge air-framed ultracapacitors that would power an e-harness on
air-frame-held motor for pulling or pushing propellers for power-assist
- Power a power-beam gun for remote powering onboard power-assisted
launching of HG.
- Kite system is used in a kite-energy system format to pump water to a high
reservoir. Let the water drop with a drogue chute in the flow; let the drogue
be tethered which tether tugs a hang glider for its launch.
- When the kite system is the hang glider itself with an extended kite line
from the kite-glider (wing and/or pilot-connect) to a powered aircraft. Such
aerotow launching is faced in extensive literature on aerotow of hang gliders
- When the kite system is the hang glider itself and a fixed ground
mooring is used in ambient winds is self-kiting with its special challenges
and niche purposes. Bridge-hung. Balloon-hung.
- When the kite system is the hang glider itself but towed by a
- moving boat or ship or jet-ski
- moving car or truck using a static-length tow line
- moving car or truck using a tension-controlling payout reel
- moving car or truck using a tension-controlling payout winch
- moving embedded-in-river drogue chute or embedded-in-river paravane
- moving embedded-in-river paravane.
- When the kite system is the hang glider itself using fixed-length extended
long tether to fixed ground anchor.
- Single-bungee line launch self-set with bungee left on ground after
triggered use for launch.
- Single-bungee line launch self-set with line winched aloft after launch is
- Dynamic system where moving paravane and long-line air-kite HG use ambient
wind. At selected time, the HG releases.
Kite-system choices for the tasks of tug or
- The kite-hang glider itself only with no extended tug line.
- The kite-hang glider itself with extended tug line without further
paravane or kite system.
- Single wing kite beyond the HG.
- Multiple wing kite with back-to-front stack train.
- Multiple wing kite with branching from main tether.
- Multiple wing kite in coterie
- Multiple wing kite in tree with various-natured branching.
- Multiple-wing kite in simple arch.
- Multiple-wing kite in arch where arch branching may each be trains,
stacks, coteries, clusters,
- Multiple-wing kite in grid.
- Cluster of single-wing kites each wing having its own entire line brought
to a single mooring point which mooring point may be positioned in any working
- Cluster of trains, stacks, trees, coteries, arches, etc.
- Or element wings spawned from viewing
- Doris A. McKay nee Milligan, inventor: US Patent
2669403 Filed: Jul 21, 1952 Issued: Feb 1954.
Possible applications of launch-HG-by kiting:
- Traverse nations or world or oceans.
- Play new games.
- Have method as platform for a new sport.
- Solve a particular challenge.
Unbaked only-possibly related flashes:
- Landing via drop a line to water; have water chute at dropped end; glide
into tensed-tether position; beginning macro kiting; control system into a
- Rotating arm with tether connected to HG.
- Landing into kite-lofted high nets.
- Catapult masses raised by using kite power either directly or via
kitricity use. This includes pumping water to high position to provide
- Struggle and evolution of rock climbing given some model to hang gliding.
Tow launch of onboard HG pilot
- See launch folders [ ]
- Bifurcations: second assist human operator, robot-assist,
fix-length line, variable-length line, payout, appraising wind and
- Self-soar self-kite methods in each type
- Moving mooring methods
- AT methods
- Lake Bridle
- Bridles and analysis of the safety of each offering
- Tad Eareckson folder, complete study.
We update through a group.
- Soaring supply
- History of glider towing
- Critique of all points in Pagen's book
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