Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.


The goal of this MQP was to continue the design and testing of the Rotary WPI Kite-Powered Water Pump using concepts for airborne wind energy systems. An ascending kite pulls on a tether attached to a rotating wheel, gear mechanism, and water pump axle. The kite is retracted to its original altitude using a retraction system. First, we designed a support for the water pump that could be incorporated into the existing A-frame design. We improved the housing for the power spool to allow for a stall spool and brakes. We improved the vertical pump shaft connecting the windmill pump to the underground pump cylinder. Solidworks was used to design all parts and a program was developed to calculate variables within the airborne wind system. The final design was lab and field tested.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

November 2015


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering