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dabull1



Joined: 19 Mar 1997
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How cool, I could tether that thing to my new Tesla! Guess I'd need to avoid bridges and tunnels... Oh we'll. Bull
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zirtaeb



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wed = bad.....
Got to Berk at 3, rigged 7.5 and 71cm slalom, planed solidly ONE run to kitebeach, wind backs off, slog and plane up to the gap, then I give up and slog back down to the 3rd pier. Lovely. Shoulda been there at 2.
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edscott



Joined: 27 Mar 1994
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That airplane/generator thingy is cool looking, but how practical is it? Seems like a bunch of those flying around would be a hazard, and how many would you need to power a decent amount of stuff? Lots of 'em flying around would be a nuisance to say the least. It might keep the drones away, though, when we finally have to start dealing with those.

FWIW, one also crashed at the coast a couple years back when they were testing it. Not sure what happened, but it got banged up pretty bad as I recall with that expensive carbon fiber and all. Cool concept though, gotta give 'em props.
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loopy



Joined: 21 May 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

early prototype:
http://users.soe.ucsc.edu/~pang/ws/locals/2012/jan05.12.makani/album/
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gregnwind



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WAY COOL !!!

The teather is an obviuos weak point ... how about micro wave transmition of the power?
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