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« on: October 13, 2011, 07:33 AM »



Hi.

After 6 months of tests, adjustments and flying we decided to make the Iridium Plans available.

Authors: Jonathan Filippi & Mario di Biase

This kite was entirely developed by computer aided sailing (CAS, PAV in italian) program, developed by Prof. Mario di Biase

Wingspan : 230 cm, height 91 cm
Type: Freestyle

Versions Tested: STD,UL and SUL (SUL-UL-STD in the photo)

Characteristics:

Iridium is a freestyle kite, his trick intuitivity (in particular for flat rotations such as taz machines) makes it appreciable both to beginners and to advanced pilots. The wing span isn't enormous, but the long spine allows good precision in corners and flying, for example for a ballet. It also has pretty good stability. The high discharge area allows easy stalling and performing tricks but the pull is still good over the wind window. The speed is moderate, allowing beginners to performs square cuts or other precision figures without very much effort.

The tail lenght and the balancing allows a stable but not excessive backflip. The spine is quite stiff and allows good 2pt landings.

Trick: Flat rotations are elegant,  in particular slot taz e five-forties are easy and forgiving. Half axel and cascades require good slack management to be flat.
Yoyo: Yoyo's are very fast in all variations and all versions, including the SUL version(but i had to load a bit the tail with 12g weight)
Lewis: No problems.
Backspin: Good in every version, forgiving timing errors.
FlicFlac e Jackb's ladder: Good, but make sure that the nose isn't too much deep, or you have to perform a sweeping pull to recover it in fade again , otherwise it jams in pancake position..

Fade: Stable and nose-position-forgiving.
Comete: elegant, stable and simple to perform.
Rising fade: needs a sweeping pull or it will take off tailwise....
FlapJack: needs a bit of back control to be clean (land on 2point).
Rolling susan/rolling cascade/insane: Those tricks require a bit of wind and attention, they arent very easy but once learned they shouldn't give any problems.

Link to the plan:
http://www.mediafire.com/?f6xlomsf99u04we

Post your photos if you decide to build one.
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2011, 07:46 AM »

Thanks, looks real nice and a great review of it's capabilities. We are getting flush with some great designs given away by the designers. Very generous of you all to go to the effort of sharing your work.



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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2011, 07:50 AM »

Give credit also to Mario di Biase, he is a great mind and this project is a product of co-working.
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2011, 11:14 AM »

I too would love to thank all the people making plans public for our use.  I'm getting quite the to-do list.  This looks like a wonderful kite and I look forward to building it in the future (have a couple of kites in the works now).

One thing, I'm having trouble opening the .RAR file... it asks for a password to extract the files.  If there is a password, I'd be happy to have it, or if someone can post the uncompressed files that would be great also.  Thanks!

Stephen
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2011, 11:22 AM »

Really great looking panel layouts on these kites.

Nice work.

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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2011, 11:30 AM »

Ah the password   Smiley i forgot to post it, sorry.

Password : stack

Good work
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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2011, 11:48 AM »

password works wonderfully! Thanks.  Quick question about the plan.  I see that there are multiple indications (circled crosses) at each connector on the sail plan.  is the purpose of this for marking the sail on the inside of the leading and trailing edges?  Thanks!
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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2011, 12:10 PM »

The circled crosses are for reference. The important ones are the yoyo stopper marker, and the standoff markings. Just make sure that you cut the dacron in a way to cover the apa and avoid line tangling.

That's what i mean:
http://www.tweelijners.com/tom/tomskitesite-en/KB14.html
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2011, 12:20 PM »

Thanks for your quick reply. 

I'm curious if you've done any testing on the SUL with the new skyshark zero air spreaders... and would love to see some video of this kite in flight if you've got it. 

I've enjoyed looking at the detailed pictures, looking forward to getting this one built.  Thanks again.
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« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2011, 12:26 PM »

For the SUL you can try 3pt black diamond (artic version) stiffer and even more trickable or zero air, with the weith of 2pt and the stiffness of 3pt

A video in with very low wind:
Iridium SUL e UL @ Polo scientifico


A video at beach:
Iridium @ Riccione


Unfortunately i don't have other videos but i hope that soon they will arrive.


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« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2011, 02:50 AM »

With this weight configuration, it is possible to do take-off yoyos even with the SUL version. Enjoy !!  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2012, 04:13 PM »

For whose like a stronger presence of the kite on the lines i have moved the inner standdof outward closer to the outer standoff (2cm) without losing anything in tricks.


You can download the whole plan here:
http://www.mediafire.com/?vn4vflbhdd44z2l

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« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2012, 09:48 AM »

I'm curious to known what material you use for your black pin striping over the seams. 
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« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2012, 11:54 AM »

I'm curious to known what material you use for your black pin striping over the seams. 

Me too!  I'd love to find out  Tongue

Cheers
Mario
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« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2012, 11:24 AM »

It is mirai nylon, but you can use icarex as well  Wink

Anyone is building it?
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