Imagine a kite that looks like an aircraft and can be flown like one. An efficient, reliable and stable design. Such a kite is a portable pulling force in the air. With this force it is possible to do all kinds of exciting things such as pull ships and generate energy. At the Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, kites are maturing from ‘toys’ to a serious force to be reckoned with.
By Jeroen Breukels, PhD student, and Prof. Dr Wubbo J. Ockels, Chair ASSET, TU-Delft, The Netherlands