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« on: October 01, 2011, 10:23 PM »

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     just been way out western New South Wales, Australia in an attempt at the world altitude record for a single kite. Bob Moore is the team leader and I have been on of the crew for 3 attempts. This has been our best yet with a height of 14,121 feet above ground level. Only 388 ft short of the current record. The record attempt currently has a thread at http://www.kitebuilder.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=141107#141107 or can be viewed at kitesite.com and follow the links. I can say unequivocally that it is amazing to fly to these high altitudes. We will make another attempt next year and are confidant that with the right conditions we can achieve much greater heights.
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2011, 03:48 PM »

Would like to know more about this, what kind of kite did you use for this attempt?, what kind of line? how do you manage such a long line? and most of all, how do you measure or estimate the altitude of the kite?
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2011, 06:43 PM »

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   we use a Dunton delta box as the kite. The kite is 2.8m in height and 6m in width. It is nearly 12sq metres. The kites has an instrument package that has a hand held GPS and a GPS with telemetry that transmits to a ground station that has a laptop to view all the telemetry in real time. The line is Dyneema. We use 12,000 m of line wound on to a spool. The line is controlled from a trailer mounted winch. The winch uses a capstan to winch the line eithor in or out and is wound on to the spool at a constant tension and layered as it is wound. The winch is controlled by an electric motor that is run through a control box that can vary speed and run the motor forward or backward. You can view the site for the attempt at http://www.kitesite.com.au/kiterecord/index.html
It requires lot of effort to fly these high altitudes. Not only in gear but in preplanning, teamwork during the flight and financing the attempt. I will say it is a hoot watching the big kite head into the sky!
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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2011, 11:51 PM »

I read a lot of that thread at kitebuilder-- it's just amazing. I hate that you have to wait another whole year to try again, but just imagine how sweet it will feel when you finally beat the record! Then again, maybe it's all about the journey.
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2011, 01:42 AM »

I read a lot of that thread at kitebuilder-- it's just amazing. I hate that you have to wait another whole year to try again, but just imagine how sweet it will feel when you finally beat the record! Then again, maybe it's all about the journey.
The journey has been interesting but breaking the record will be very exciting. Launching the kite and watching it climb in a fresh breeze and just head into the sky is awesome!
     Mike
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2011, 05:07 PM »

Thanks for the detailed technical information, I've read it all and enjoyed every bit of it.
I can only imagine the cost of a 12 km reel of  Dyneema...., good thing you didn't have to pay for it...

Congratulations on your recent attempt and good luck for the next one!

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