Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.


The goal of this project was to modify the current WPI kite power system by developing a wireless system in order to remotely control the trailing edge lines of the kite to control its angle of attack and side-to-side motion. Kite powered systems, compared to wind turbines, have the potential to more efficiently harness the power of the wind because it has the capability to access stronger wind velocities at higher altitudes, which will in turn provide more renewable energy and diminish the negative effects that other energy sources have on the environment. The project team made new modifications including the design, development and testing of a remote control system to control the motion of the kite by varying the length of the trailing edge lines.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2011


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering