Kite Assist System
The Kite Assist System consists of a winch, flying line, launching mast, kite, line climber, cameras, and anemometer. Kites can be flown from 50 to 600 meters (160 – 2000 feet) altitude with a line angle of 45 degrees. Researchers can choose from an array of kites ranging from two to seven meters (six to 20 feet) across depending upon weather conditions, sea state, and wind speed. The Kite Assist System requires 10 minutes to launch, and three minutes to retrieve each kite system. Multiple camera systems and sensors can be deployed simultaneously in collaboration with Sargassum sampling and satellite imaging.