Answering kPower questions whose answers were cut-off when the AWE Prognosis Topic was suddenly shut down.
Airseas and Skysails seem to be more partner/merger consolidation candidates, not fight-to-the-death competitors. There are plenty of ships to put kites on, and they need each other to advance fastest. SkySails is also pivoting onshore.
kPower has never had an employee. We are a sweat-equity co-op, with around 100 folks so far who have made vital work contributions, people you may not yet know anything about. Recall your surprise that the AWE Documentary was kPower (pilot premiered at AWEC).
Most of the greatest kPower figures are now very elderly, but real. Dave Culp himself was a quiet kPower founder, even as he sold KiteShip out to Makani/Google. Do you know of our close Boeing veteran engineering circle, with an exclusive MOU partnership long already in place?
We now have our own “Oliver” too, a military trained master rigger of massive parachute-drop payloads, paratrooper, paraglider, certified industrial rigger/climber expert. There has also been French kPower collaborations, like Gipsa Lab TUGrenoble. Even PierreB has long been a welcome collaborator online, and his work will be honored just as it is found effective.
Wayne German is back in the kPower orbit. He is a key AWE visionary who led Boeing’s Flight Research Institute after McCready and Rutan before him. Keep old Joe Faust in mind too, as the soul of kPower, with his Old Forum and vast 50yr+ Archives, unmatched by any other player. No other AWE venture has so such royal kite blood.
Joe and I were really excited about the Kiwee-beta offer, just as kPower duly tested a Dan Tracy Pacific 40 historic AWES product, then donated it to the American Wind Power Museum, a path you have so far specifically cancelled, citing cost. Beware judging reality from Forum posting only, and cutting off beta-partners like kPower. Watch out for relentless new competitors, who will see nothing in AWE as too “booooring” or costly to undertake.
Then don’t forget kPower’s Open-AWE_IP-Cloud, with serious IP, including quality Patents by an A-list of pioneers, and a mountain of published CC art. TACO 1.0 is still the most authoritative overview of FAA FAR AWE compliance for the emerging industry. AWEIA is not dead either, its draft Code-of Conduct, and other forward-looking industrial foundations, are in place. kPower played a key role in these contributions.
We were also essential to organize HAWPcon09, the first major conference, and we hope to bring conferences back into overseas rotation (Seattle is long lined up, at Boeing MoF), if the secretive AWEurope venture insider circle that took over AWEC will relent. Meanwhile EU AWE lives in a bubble, a tool of Google.
Kitewinder is long invited and hoped to provide its best video for future production rounds of the AWE Documentary, as AWE matures. You are always welcome to team-up with kPower in any way, that’s what open AWE is about; we are not currently competing with small product dev, but can help with ongoing design refinement. We are playing the long big game, as long as it takes,
Good Luck, Lift,