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Kite ground station and system using same

United States Patent

November 18, 2014
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A kite system with a ground station adapted for airborne power generation. The kite system may include a kite which includes one or more airfoils which have mounted thereon a plurality of turbine driven generators. The turbine driven generators may also function as motor driven propellers in a powered flight mode, which may be used during take-off, which may include aspects of vertical take-off and landing. A perch adapted to facilitate the take-off and landing may be used as part of the system. The perch may pivot such that the pivot is oriented towards the tension direction of the tether.
Vander Lind; Damon (Oakland, CA)
Google Inc. (Mountain View, CA)
13/ 719,198
December 18, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under Contract Numbers DE-AR0000122/AR0000243 awarded by Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The government has certain rights in the invention.