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The Automatic Control Laboratory at EPFL started research into kite power in 2011 through the work of doctoral researcher Sean Costello. Over the past year Sean has lead a team of students to build and fly a small experimental setup which will be used for modeling and control experiments in the near future. His focus is on dynamic kite models and optimizing the trajectories the kite flies.
In early 2012, Dr. Colin Jones (previously the Oberassistant at IfA, ETH) started as a new Assistant Professor at EPFL and has since secured a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation – Sinergia to lead a three year research project called A2WE, Autonomous Airborne Wind Energy.

Testing EPFL’s groundstation, November 2012.