Wind Power: High-Tech Kites
Not for Kids: Festo demonstrates its huge, fully automated kite system
It takes a fair amount of skill to fly a kite, and controlling these forces of nature has long been a difficult task. With the CyberKite, Germany-based Festo is meeting this challenge by developing a cybernetic controlled kite system.
With its Sky-liner and CyberKite projects, Festo has become the first company to demonstrate that fully automated control can be achieved with the aid of mechatronics, thus linking a new development to its core competency of automation using moving air.
As the ability to accurately control commercial-grade kites improves, their applications become endless. From pulling ships across the Atlantic - to a myriad of scientific, military, and energy applications - the harnessed energy of kites has many advantages.