Multicopter-based launching and landing of lift power kites

Florian Bauer, Christoph M. Hackl, Keyue Smedley, Ralph M. Kennel

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3 Scopus citations


Crosswind kite power is a promising alternative wind power technology. However, unlike the rotor blades of a conventional wind turbine, a kite needs to be launched prior to power generation and needs to be landed during low-wind conditions or for maintenance. This study proposes multicopter-based concepts for an autonomous solution. Basic system components and different system configurations are discussed. Static and dynamic feasibility analyses are carried out. Results show that such systems are feasible and have advantages compared to other launching and landing concepts. However, also the weaknesses of such systems become apparent e.g. the increased airborne mass.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreen Energy and Technology
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages27
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameGreen Energy and Technology
ISSN (Print)1865-3529
ISSN (Electronic)1865-3537


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