Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.


This project serves as an addendum to the previously submitted MQP project report, E-project-043014-201241 for Project DJO-1401 on Airborne Wind Energy Systems (AWE). This project discusses various implementation sites for the WPI Kite-Powered Water Pump once field testing is completed. As the WPI Kite-Powered Water Pump is designed to work in rural communities of underdeveloped nations, sites specified in this report include various locations in Namibia, Africa. A MatLab simulation that models the WPI Kite-Powered Water Pump and includes modeling of wind speed variation due to wind gusts was studied. This simulation was used to study variation of key system design parameters to determine how these variations affected the rate of water pumped by the system.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2014


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering