There will be this month some
furthering notes on:
The 1960 kite-glider by a 13-yr boy. See
1960 Kite-Glider hybrid
Report on your build projects related to this design family! One
build project has started in Los Angeles, California and will be tracked
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The gnuLAB2 prototype construction, which has to confirm the proper
functioning of the design software, has already begun. Using fabric NCV
9017 40 g/m2 for extrados and Bainbridge AIRX 31 gr/m2 for intrados
surface and for the ribs (with 42 gr/m2 reinforcements). I hope to show
beautiful images of the gnuLAB2 in flight in early summer over Catalan
landscapes. Details here:
1. Gym class elective in high school: foot-launch flying.
2. Accept tight e-self-launch from urban setting with good handshaking
with ATC for soaring.
3. Roofs of urban buildings fully re-thought to accommodate launch and
landings of personal aircraft including hang glider and
4. "You can fly; yes you can." Lullabies, pop songs, billboards, business
cards, license plates,
5. Community self-soaring events
6. Advance applications. Advertise. Anniversary visits. Messenger service
…delivered special letters from the air-mail service: Hang Glider Airmail
Service. Hello flybys purchased; look out at 5 p.m. to see my special
notice of undying love for you.
7. Textbooks. Teach the subjects using examples within the hang glider
8. Mesh with the kite energy cleantech industry.
9. Fly energy-producing systems with your hang glider
10. Combine hydrofoil with hang glider kite system; fly the oceans in the
11. Advance the double-hang-glider system of free-flight dynamic two-kite
flight ala Richard Miller, Wayne German, and
Dale C. Kramer(recent patent
12. Book publishing: Paper Hang Gliders. Get a copy to every 5th grader in
13. Send a CD of Jonathan's videos (select) to each eighth-grade
science teacher in the world for their showing in class. Have discussion
14. Attach hang gliding to the wind-energy movement in various ways. PR
opportunities for turbine makers and hang gliderdom.
15. Walk hang gliders in parades.
16. Walk hang glider through every street in town for exercise. Have
business card with just one URL on it for handing to those you pass.
17. Mount two hang gliders on a rotating platform and let it spin to
generate electricity in town-central. News team. Give leaflets about hang
18. Publish and distribute a clear map on how a Ms and Mr. Public can go
see hang gliding occurring.
19. Send a personal note on other business in e-mail, but have attached
showing a neat HG flight scene that is easily understood. Connect with
George Cayley first created a model glider
in 1804. It incorporated an English arch top kite mounted on a rod
acting as a wing. The glider could be steered by an adjustable tail
unit. This tail also kept the kite stable. Cayley placed weights on
the kite. It carried weights up to 80 or 90 lbs.
An unmanned hang glider could be modified slightly
to become a powerful wing-mill in a energy production kite system. The
hang glider wing-mill would be set in line as a segment of the main kite
system tether. The HG-wing-mill would be set eccentric and allowed to to
Japanese/Mexican Consortium Develops
JoeF proposed mini-AWE as a vital application scale. Allister complained
that membrane wingmills don't fire with steady precision. DaveL wished
for an AWECS to show 700 hr of reliable "fly & forget" performance. AWE
development can be hard work & i am lazy.
It took Japanese help to meet these concerns. Pending a phone-call to
develop gigawatt scale AWE, the latest KiteLab prototype is a
Mini-AWECS based on a Seiko Kinetic
Drive (self-winding) Chronometer provided by my brother. It converts
wildly chaotic motion into well regulated work. Its visible eccentric
rotor is a pendulum ratcheted to drive a tiny generator, which charges
a lithium battery, that in turn powers a quartz watch movement. Its a
miniature model for future AWE ground-stations into megawatt scale.
The clever added principle of AWECS operation is the classic chaos
demo of the
Double Pendulum, but run backwards. The watch was mounted as
the bob on a tunable wood pendulum, elastic damped & driven by a small
membrane wing-mill or flapping kite. The triple chaos of double
pendulum, windfield, & kite are transformed into precision
electromechanical output. (Allister, its damn close to Bond's Oyster
Perpetual). This is an old idea on this forum but the more one studies
this process the more one marvels at its relative efficiency across a
A variety of autonomous kite inputs work well. The UltraKite (TM)
technical pocket sled system with a tiny wing-mill is good for fast
pulses. Its a Morse sled that self-relaunches. A dimestore Gayla
flapping-wing hawk kite gives slower longer strokes, but wants a
chicken-stick for self-relaunch. Tying a wingmill off a tree branch
& running the line indoors models TEWP (Terrain Enabled Wind
Power) & aux power into hybrid plants. Everything works nicely. In
fact, there is far more power available than the watch function
needs (imagine winding a watch for days at a time). Steampunk hint-
an automatic watch mainsprings lets the spring slip in its barrel as
a clutch, if over-wound.
Thank Japanese excellence & KiteLab for the most robust & smallest
complete electro-AWECS yet. Its weather-proof & might run a lifetime
with minor attention. The kinetic drive is standard COTS costing only
a few dollars in bulk. The Chinese make particularly inexpensive
variants. Many high tech applications run just fine on the power
required for a watch. Watches actually consume considerable power,
especially with "complications", as they call added features like moon
phase & tide. Given the current primitive state of the art,
KiteLab can actually rack up new AWE records for endurance, regulated
output, high altitude, etc. with but a dinky set-up.