First release of Julia Kite Power Tools

I am happy to announce the release of the meta-package KiteSimulators.jl, which bundles all the packages that are part of Julia Kite Power Tools.

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It is easy to install on Windows and Linux (hopefully also on Mac, I cannot test this). Scripts to create a system image are included, which means the graphical application launches within a few seconds.

Many examples for running simulations, logging and plotting are also included.

Highlights

  • You can learn how to steer a Kite using a Joystick. You can also real the tether in and out.
  • I could a achieve a simulation speed of 8x real-time without any violation of the time constraint of 50ms per step. This is 7 to 70 times faster than the original code that was written in Python/ Numba when using the 4-point kite model and 6 tether segments.

Next step
Integrate the package KiteControllers.jl

I will present this package on the Airborne Wind Energy conference in Milan in June: https://www.awec2021.com/

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I may be able to try on Mac

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It would be very kind of you if you could test it on a Mac. With bash installed you can just follow the Linux instructions. Should be possible to do in 20 or 30 minutes.