Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.


The WPI Kite Power MQP was split in two parts, water pump and wind turbine, both designed to be implemented in developing nations. The goal of the water pump project is to build a low-cost water pump system generated by kite power. Design modifications and additions, notably a latch and ground string, were made to the 2012 MQP system. These additions generated a periodic motion of the rocking arm, and testing demonstrated that the system independently pumped water. The goal of the airborne wind turbine project is to design a lightweight airborne wind turbine with an output capacity of 300 watts that can be supported beneath a high altitude kite. Scaled turbine system tests demonstrated proof of concept, however due to cost constraints, the full-scale system was only theoretically designed.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013


Mechanical Engineering


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering