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Toyota Kite Project

 

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The giant kite called the Mothership will provide airborne platform for energy harvesting, weather data sensing, repeater for optical communication satellite, and other various applications. This system aims to be fully autonomous and energy independent for applicability and whole year operation.

Oklahoma State University is working to prove concepts with Toyota. Inflatable kite structure provides easy deployment and structural feasibility. Operational systems are being develop including a winch and a flight controller. High altitude flight test will be performed in 2019.