Kite Power at Delft University


Kiteplane Delft University of Technology (2007-2010). Goal was to develop a wing that could function both as a kite and a glider, with R/C controlled actuators. Also the wing should be inherently stable in case of a communications failure. All these requirements were fulfilled.

More info: Kiteplane project


Conference paper: Material selection and joining methods for the purpose of a high-altitude inflatable kite

Author: Verheul, R.F. · Breukels, J. · Ockels, W.J.
Date: 2009-05-01
Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Source: 50th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, Palm Springs, California, USA, 4-7 May, 2009


Wind Tunnel tests Delft University of Technology (2008) at DNW wind tunnel institute Biddinghuizen (The Netherlands) and Boënwindkanal in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Launching a kite using a Helium Blimp Delft University of Technology (2007).

Solution for launching a kite in low winds or in an area with ground obstacles.