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Pole Kiting  (PoleK)        ... open for progress by all  
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aka "kite on a stick"        [[Off topic, but close to heart: See a John Harvey photo for the bird kite on a stick.]]
(pole, bar, beam, stick, control stick, fishing pole, stem, lever arm, long arm, extended arm, towers, )

Without prejudice there are some activities that may use the term "pole kiting" that are aside and off our present topic: One is the otherwise interesting kiting done near the geographic poles of earth. And the pole kiting that implies holding a pole-mounted camera to shoot selfies while kiting. We note too that a standing human hold kite line could be consider a "pole" while leaving such kiting to other folders, not this one; however, human holding and operating a stick or pole with tether from pole is for view in this folder.

Have the line set of a kite system attached to some part of a pole, often an end of a pole or even two ends of a pole. Then the pole is part of the resistive or reaction or anchor set of the kite; anchor assembly may be moving vehicles or the like. The pole might be fixed in the ground or on some other base object or handled by a pole-wielding human or animal or robot. The pole could be operated to move along some path. The length of line to the wing set could vary. Purposes for pole kiting may vary widely. And special techniques allow various kinds of dynamics and results. We invite all to send notes about various kinds of pole kiting. Winding methods and devices may or may not be involved. The pole may be short or long.  We generally leave control-bar kiting just in other folders. Aim to discuss conventional control-bar kiting in topic threads that differ from the rest of "pole" kiting.   Pole kiting may be done indoors or outdoors.  PoleK spans from tiny-tot toys to expensive professional AWES.     Thanks.
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Why PoleK?  |  Miscellany  |  PoleK Safety  |  Articles  | Types of Pole Kiting |

Why PoleK?
  • Calm-air "wind tunnel" for play, serious research, photography, entertainment, bird scaring, advertising,  
    Move the poled-tethered-wing to obtain an apparent wind for the wing. Move the end of the pole along a straight line or a curved line, perhaps in a circle (an ancient method for testing the interaction with relative movement of air over an object).
  • Get the wings up and away from the kite pilot who is holding the pole. Such gets the wing a bit away from close-to-ground slower-and-more-turbulent air.
  • Some operations will let a kite pilot give quick acceleration to the wings.
  • Control bars form a family of pole kiting. This realm is well covered in control-bar kiting. This is more dominant in kite hang gliding, kiteboarding (snow, ice, water, land, grass), multi-line stunt kiting, crosswind control kiting, kite kayaking, and the like We tend not to repeat those special branches in this folder. Boundaries of concern will be often be fuzzy in our studies.
  • Performance of specified tasks by the pole-kite system.
  • Parade pole kiting by one person or a group of persons.
  • First-kite for the very young might be a "kite-on-a-stick" system.   Eg1KP  
  • Some pole kiting involves using the pole as a lever to drive pumps or electrical generators. Tipping-boom by Faust and Santos comes to mind. 
  • OrthoKiteBunch (OKB) explores levers in an AWES concept.
    Click image for OrthoKiteBunch page and video.
  • The WPI team explored a beam for use in a generation system.  
    Click image for WPI paper of April 30, 2009: Design of a Data Acquisition System for a Kite Power Demonstrator.
    • SkySails doing some pole kiting:
    • SkySails Marine launching method and offshore AWES launching concept.  Launching-landing pole ...
        Click image for video on SkySails tech.  

    Our clip from the video shows the pole and the main kiting tether of this poleK instance.




  • Have tiny wings tethered for kiting. Mount the tiny parts at the top of a tall stick. Easily place the tiny tethered wing or wing system into air that is much less turbulent than that around downwind of a tiny-kite-system pilot.

  • A pole may be arranged as a lever to  move things. Setting up fulcrum and safe arrangements for the forces anticipated is a serious matter in non-toy cases. Engineering the pole to act as lever for designed purposes with safety margins is important.
  • Hold tethered wing from a stem (pole) in a manner that will allow a blower to operate on the wing to help in low-altitude launching. Line out may be routed through the interior of the stem.  KiteGen company has been exploring this form of pole kiting. 


  • Using many poles in one carousel system KiteGen conceives of super torque at groundgen hub of the pole spokes. Each pole would host a sub-kite system. The global kite system consists of many pole kite units. They leave the matter open for each pole to host a kite train of many wings.  Click for large image of the art.   
  • Doug Selsam offers a pole-borne idea: "Let the pole rotate, while [[Ed., the pole would be]] supporting a stack of rotors, and you're back to SuperTurbineŽ"     The challenge for RAD would be getting such assembly to high altitude winds by kiting methods. Such poles flown within tethered-wing kite systems is feasible; ever the cost analysis would be important.
  •   LTA-lifted Sky Serpent was pole based with pole based on van. The autorotating blades cooperated in rotating a long driveshaft fit to an electric generator at the pole top. The balloons could be advanced kytoon or other kite wings. The photo shows some of the blades in partial lifting mode, some in close to zero-lift mode, and some with slightly negative lift mode, but all blades were playing a part in rotating the torque tube driveshaft on which the blades were mounted.  Click to get enlarge copy of the newspaper photo from the 2009 HAWP conference in northern California that had international AWE attendees and speakers. The shown balloons have a very tiny "kytoon" dynamic being. To get a more robust alpha, robust higher-L/D wings could pilot the arrangement or more of the same balloons.  Torque-tube transfer has special challenges when one would aim for mining high-altitude winds.   The shown seems to qualify as part of this "PoleK" folder.  Doug Selsam is the holder of some patents that deal with multi-rotors on torque tubes.    www.selsam.com/
Safety in pole kiting
  • Aim for electrically non-conductive poles, unless there is specific purpose otherwise.
  • Keep poles and kiting away from electrical lines, unless there is specific purpose.
  • Swinging poles may hit persons and property. Avoid injuring others.
  • Poles may break resulting in falling or swinging pole parts and perhaps runaway kite system. Consider having a-through pole anchoring cable that would retain continuity for holding the flying kite system in case the pole breaks or becomes out of the control of designed arrangements.  A kite system dragging an out-of-control pole could cause serious damage to people, property, traffic, wires, animals, etc Have redundancy and a method to stop the system.
  • Please report your lessons and incidents regarding pole kiting of any kind in order to help others learn. Thanks.
Articles with some aura close to our PoleK topic
Miscellaneous aspects and notes relative to PoleK
  • Long pole and short lines.
  • Long pole and long lines.
  • Poles may be streamlined or not.
  • Tower as "pole."
  • Dense masses on line for sending out tow points further out than the pole may reach.
  • Formation of the wing(s) and control devices (lines, tails, parts of wing) for specific flight paths and specific dynamics.
  • Two poles holding a connecting line and then have the like of a kite system attach to the central portion of the line between the two poles. This arrangement has been classically used to have an outdoor open-air wind tunnel for testing wings.
  • A human climbing up a pole and then kiting from some station on the pole would be a form of pole kiting, but a category on its own. One could be up a pole and still have another pole for pole kiting; this would be somehow double-pole kiting.
  • Leave a kite flying from a pole for long endurance; calm could come, and if the line was not too long, the wing could droop and be fully ready for rising when the wind came up. Easy self relaunching!  This could be a form of wind indicator.
  • Kite fishing frequently involves some pole kiting.  Fishing poles flying air kites or water kites ...  Fish for fish or fish for energy or fish for application fulfillment.  ImagePKinKF
  • Safety in pole kiting.
  • The main tethers might terminate at the pole top region or might be routed through fairleads and pulleys to line-handling equipment.
  • Twisting the pole could be one form of winding tether. Poles might be arranged to have powered twisting of the pole in order to wind line.
  • Tether might go through the interior of a pole and into ground station tether-handling equipment.
  • Tether might go through the interior of a pole and then routed through an underground pipe to another kite pole and then up that pole's interior to its wing set for working two separated subsystems that are joined; controlling the separated wing sets could draw the line one way for a while and then the other way for a while. The displacement of the line could be mined for energy, perhaps to drive pumps, do sawing, perform grinding, rotate the shaft of an electrical generator, etc.   Options would be to keep the line from one pole to another up in the air over the heads of people or over other obstacles.   An option to have a bullwheel involved that positive drives the line to pump energy into the separated wing sets is possible.
  • Have two poles with pulleys at their top. Have a loop of line that reaches from one pole to the other and then out to tether a wing. Bullwheel the loop from the ground in left-right-left cycles to kite the wing in calm airs outdoors or indoors; the poles could be stayed to the ground environment.  Or the poles might be provided via trees, extant fence poles, buildings as poles, or people assistants as poles.   This was described in recent years by JoeF.  Such is the reverse of what was in public domain by Payne and McCutcheon.
  • Poles may be mounted interior of the tether set for various reasons. One reason is "ghost kite" for line control.  A pole might be aligned with a taut tether for a stiffening reason.  A tether-held pole might be a trapeze bar for human holding purposes (this gets close to the sector of control-bar kiting for which we aim to treat elsewhere). Flying trapeze artist or sitting station for a skydiver yet to enter freefall.
  • Poles might be the object transported by a working AWES. Move poles from one place to another. Drop tail-feathered poles from high altitudes in order for the pole to be an arrow to impact some object or soil, perhaps to become a fence post for ground environment or to test materials or ______.  Poles might be R-C controlled during a fall from its kiting system.
  • Flagpoles come to mind. The wafting undulating flags are often clipped to a tether that is a loop; the loop allows changing the height of the flag or changing the flag or taking down the flag or putting up the flag.   The flag may be seen as a wing tethered for "flagging" dynamics and not particularly for lifting kiting dynamics. Yet, letting out more line to hold a flat designed for non-flagging flight dynamics brings the scene into the pole-kiting realm.   ImageFlagsOnPoles  
  • Some pole kiting might be done from the tops of differently commissioned conventional wind turbines with or without the conventional turbine still in place working.
  • With due cares for safety, a human might climb up a pole with lifting assistance from kite system.  Elevators inside or outside a large pole might be driven by a kite system.
  • Mount a video camera on the pole. Swirl the pole at a certain rotational speed. Have a tethered wing anchored to the tip of the pole. Be as person a holder of the pole base. In calm air, put the pole rotating in a plane parallel with the ambient ground, say the ground is near level. Fly the tethered wing; mount various flygens on the wing or on the tether. Study the tether angle, wind speed, and electricity generated.  Log the experiments. Make changes. Rotate again. Snap some photos. Etc. Wind speed may be measured with an instrument or calculated from rotational speed and radial arm to the wing and/or mounted turbine. Wind speed may vary relative to how fast one rotates the pole. One need not wait for ambient winds to do hundreds of experiments.   Getting dizzy? One may train as a rotating athlete.  Or mount the pole on a hub and rotate a counter-weighted pole by use of drive belt from pedaling.
  • Forked pole that holds a segment of an arch kite's unit wing?   Between the fork branches have a line that holds a wing. Some pitch and and possible flutter things may be studied on the cheap quickly by use of a forked pole. In calm, rotate the pole's tip and mounted wing. Camera?  Calculations?   Many experiments in short amount of time.
  • Powered rotation of poles holding tethered wings: Shown is called "Windseeker".
  • http://academyofgentlearts.blogspot.com/2013/12/tiny-kite.html  Gentle Arts. Tiny kite.  ... on a stick.
  • The pole is part of the anchor system of the kite system.   Anchors

Hat-pole Kiting.   When, where, why, how, video, specification, experience, safety.   People, wires, gusts.   Parade... group of paraders with there hat-poled kite systems.  HTA kites. LTA kytoons.
  • Sky Windpower - Power Generation Flight - Angle 2           video  2:01    Using pole in testing... 

    Published on May 9, 2012

    Our Jabiru II prototype is shown in December 2011 tests in free flight under the aft safety tether at approximately 2.5 lbs. tension. A power supply transmits power through the tether to Jabiru II, enabling it to rise to altitude in horizontal flight. When the tow vehicle's ground speed causes enough "wind," the craft "noses" up into power generation attitude, stops drawing power from the supply and starts generating electricity, which is transmitted through the taut forward tether to the load bank. The Flying Electric Generator (FEG) continues generating electricity until the wind speed decreases to a level not supportive of generation. The FEG then returns to horizontal flight and resumes drawing from the power supply. The FEG prototype then lands on the trailer bed after the tow vehicle has stopped.

Types of Pole Kiting
  • Hand-held stick with a sting tethering wings of various configurations
  • Kite Boat Gna        circa 1909
  • Tipping Boom AWES
  • KiteGen Stem AWES
  • WPI Rocker Arm AWES
  • SkySails Launcher Pole Traction AWES
  • Hat-Based Pole Kiting
  • Strategic Use of Ambient Urban Poles
  • Hand-held Pole Kiting Without Rotation
  • Hand-held Pole Kiting With Rotation
  • Powered Rotating Beam-Based Kiting
  • Fishing Rod Kiting
  • Two-Pole-Held Limit Cable Kiting
  • Two-Poled Cable As Base of Main Tethers
  • Fence Posts Gang Kiting
  • Flagpole Flag Flying
  • Single-Stake Pilot Station
  • Ancient Boat-Held Pole Leaf-Wing Kite Fishing
  • Two Poles, One as tether anchor, the other as fairlead for the tether; pilot walks as a second fairlead between the poles catching the tether. Walking so as to multiply tether gather gives the wing twice the ground speed as the walk. Depending on which side the tether starts on the fairlead pole, the pilot may walk windward or downwind to gather.
  • Three poles: Anchor tether to left pole and lead tether behind middle and right pole; pulley grasp the tether at the two mid-pole spaces. Pilot walks the two pulleys allowing line to move freely, and the walk forms four strands of the tether to multiply the tether-gather speed four times.
Windless pole kiting indoors



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