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  Flight 11 Flight 7
  Flight # 11. The kite was launched from the landing between the second and third floor balconies.
Flight # 7. The launch point on the landing was about 23 feet above grade.
  Flight 12 Flight 13
  Flight # 12. The RCX was a dumb payload on this flight and is just flying straight. It looks a little as though the RCX is swinging slightly (maybe it's just the camera angle). However, a rigid coupling between the center spar and the RCX might give better control performance than slinging the RCX in the flexible bridle loops.

Flight # 13. The RCX attempted to enter the spiral, but a gust of wind pushed it the other way, towards the camera position. I thought is was going to hit me, but it actually spiralled in and landed with no damage. Perhaps it would be possible to use two home-brew bend sensors, one sticking out either side, to make the RCX aware of variations in the wind.
  Plummet! Posed 'landing'
  Flight # 8. Immediate stall and plummet. It was getting late, we were tired and the launch team let go before I was ready. I didn't actually get the kite in this shot because I had already started running to the impact point.

An inverted landing usually looks something like this.. (This is actually a posed picture -- I had started to take the pilot apart when it occurred to me that a landing shot would be good.)


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