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jb_007clone
04-17-2003, 01:34 PM
Simple question. Is it possible, assuming you have miles and miles of cord lying around, to fly a kite into space? Or atleast the upper most region of the exosphere?

bernse
04-17-2003, 01:52 PM
No. You'd eventually run out of lift well before you got anywhere near space. Not only that, the cord would weigh a ton as well and not help matters.

Turek
04-17-2003, 02:16 PM
Plus, the friction of the air against the cord would add a bunch of resistance to any upward tendancies the kite would have.

William_Ashbless
04-17-2003, 02:38 PM
Forget friction... the weight of the string itself would be impossible to lift, and would snap under its own weight even if you had sufficient lift. :)

aeropl
04-17-2003, 05:47 PM
So, what's the highest a kite has ever been flown?

stypticus
04-17-2003, 06:01 PM
Charlie Brown can generally get them as high as the treetops, but no higher. Has anyone beaten this?

stypticus
04-17-2003, 06:06 PM
Charlie Brown can generally get them as high as the treetops, but no higher. Has anyone beaten this?

stypticus
04-17-2003, 06:11 PM
Charlie Brown can generally get them as high as the treetops, but no higher. Has anyone beaten this?

Squink
04-17-2003, 06:45 PM
Originally posted by aeropl
So, what's the highest a kite has ever been flown? the thirty foot delta that we discussed a year ago we flew to 14,558 feet above sea level from a field that was 860 feet above sea level setting a new world altitude record by more than 1000 feet. here (http://www.deltas.freeserve.co.uk/altrec.html) and elsewhere.

Kites don't necessarily need a string that reaches all the way to the ground. A kite attached to a hundred yards of string (http://www.reckites.com/Archive/kites/potpourri/untethered.kites) with a balloon on the end will also fly. The string and balloon provide tension to keep the kite facing the wind.

Boyo Jim
04-17-2003, 06:50 PM
Originally posted by aeropl
So, what's the highest a kite has ever been flown?

According to this site, about 12.5 thousand feet. (http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~et3m-tkkw/scrap-04.html) To me, this is a surprisingly low number. I've personally flown a kite on over 5,000 feet of line, and that kite was straight over my head and pulling hard.

sailor
04-17-2003, 07:38 PM
You can have a chain of kites on the same line with each providing lift so the only limit would be the point where the atmosphere gets too thin.

jb_007clone
04-17-2003, 10:10 PM
So would my kite be frozen when it came down or what?

Tristan
04-18-2003, 04:28 AM
Depends... are you sending it up soaking wet?

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