Brief intro....Back in the early 70's, I experimented with a "parachute powered" line messenger. I had designed it to haul out fishing bait/lures offshore, drop the tackle, and return back down the line. Simple enough, it worked sometimes when the lines didn't tangle. That whole thing got but on the back burner.... Fast forward to fall 2010, While surf fishing,I got reminded about that project again, when I saw some kids at the beach flying this real nice kite. After returning home, I did a quick search on the internet, and ran across Mike LeDuc's Shuttle/AeroKap video's on U-Tube. Mike has produced some of most informative video's that I've found in this area. Combining my original design and powering the drive pulley,(traction wheel) I came up with this prototype model. While "comparing notes" with Mike, he suggested that I check out this KAP site, thinking perhaps some of you folks might be interested in this. Here It is...
This model weighs in at around 10oz. (a little heavy), and travels about 450'/ minute.
Prototype model #.1
Now that I know this thing works, I'm off on to building a lighter model version #.2