Kite your way from Amsterdam to New York in four days

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The vehicle pictured above consists of a kite, a cabin and a keel, and should be able to take you across the Atlantic Ocean. The 157 m2 kite should produce enough power to make you go 90 km/h, the cabin seats two, and the keel makes sure you can actually steer the thing. The only catch is that the Hydrokite so far only exists in the minds of former astronaut and kite nut Wubbo Ockels and ten of his students at the TU Delft.

At 90 km/h you should be able to reach New York from Amsterdam in four days and 1 hour, which would break the old record with three hours, although Kennislink doesn’t say what record that would be (sailing? flying? kiting?).

Laurens Alblas, one of the students, told Kennislink that it will probably “take a couple of years before a control system for kites is developed. But once we have such a system, and assuming we can find sponsors, we will build the Hydrokite and we will try and break the record.”

(Link: Kennislink. Source image: TU Delft)

2 Comments »

  1. AFAIK the prevailing winds (and the jet stream) are going East. So going from Amsterdam to NYC (1500 km to the south as well) will be much harder than the other way.

    Comment by mare — June 24, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

  2. […] A kite powered ocean liner that does Amsterdam – New York in four days. […]

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