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Tethered Glider for High-Altitude Wind Energy

Exhibit Code: GLE-114
Zone: Engineering Park
Location: James E. Gleason Hall (GLE/009) - Erdle Commons
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Age Group: 7 and Up

The goal of this project is design, build and test a tethered, small-scale, human-controlled glider. This system will lead to the ability to harness high-altitude wind energy currently inaccessible by wind turbines. Wind turbines at similar heights would require unfeasible large structures to support the forces exerted upon them. A tethered glider system harnesses and transmits this energy to the ground via a glider and tether making it much more economical. This human-controlled glider must maintain maximum tension on the the tether while sustaining horizontal and vertical flight paths. The system must also be able to measure and record the tension and position of the glider. Further analysis must be performed with the intent of understanding the influential parameters that must be controlled in order to sustain said flight conditions. This will assist in creating automated controls in future projects

Sajid Subhani, Jonathan Erbelding, Kyle Ball, Matthew Douglas, Paul Grossi, William Charlock, Arthur North, Harold Paschal, Mario Gomes

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