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The most annoying thing about launching a kite is, the wind at the
ground is often just barely enough, or even too little, while the wind
at altitude is just fine. So, this Idea suggests attaching a simple
rocket engine to a kite, to loft it to the altitude where the wind
actually is. We may
actually want a rather modest-thrust rocket
engine, compared to what is typically put in model rockets, because
kites are typically somewhat more fragile than rocket bodies. On the
other hand, a kite might be designed to be folded at launch, and
unfolds when the rocket thrust ends (note its vector) and the wind
thrust takes over (different vector).
Hostoric rocket kite launch... attempt
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jan 15 2016]
Not quite what [bs0u0155] suggested
[Vernon, Jan 16 2016]
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||Hmm,elasticated double skin mylar kite filled
with hydrogen with remote release
||Somebody is trying this exact idea out. [link]
||Great idea, apart from the "kite" part.
||Why would you want the rocket thrust to end?
||Attach a couple of powerful brushless motors and you won't
need any wind.
||[bs0u0155], are you going to post that as a separate Idea
("drone kite"), or shall I?
||+ bun if the rocket falls off after its ascent...
||[xandram], model-rocket solid-fuel motors are mostly
made of heavy
paper, a tube with a ceramic nozzle at one end. They
don't weigh so much that the emptied-of-fuel motor needs
to be discarded at altitude. Obviously you would want to
replace the motor at ground level, to be able to use a new
loft the kite again, but why encourage littering?
||Not so much littering, more encouraging small heavy smouldering items falling out of the sky at high speed with no warning.
||[8th], those exist already, and are called "meteors".
Exhausted model rocket engines are a very poor imitation.