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Motor pylons for a kite and airborne power generation system using same

United States Patent

February 17, 2015
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A motor pylon system adapted for use with an airborne power generations system is disclosed. The pylons may support turbine driven generators for wind based electrical power generation which also function as electric motors in some aspects. The pylons may be designed to provide side force useful for turning a tethered flying wing flying in a circular cross wind flight path. The pylons may be designed to minimize air flow disruptions over the main wing.
Vander Lind; Damon (Oakland, CA), Sinha; Pranay (Santa Cruz, CA)
Google Inc. (Mountain View, CA)
13/ 733,125
January 2, 2013
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.