Background and History

June 6, 2012

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This site is about the exploits of the Blackbird land-yacht, originally built by Rick Cavallaro and John Borton to demonstrate that A wind powered land vehicle can go directly downwind faster than the wind. On July 2, 2010 on El Mirage Dry Lake, Blackbird sailed directly down wind at a speed of 27.7 mph in a 10 […]

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Record is Official

July 20, 2012

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The record is official. NALSA has ratified the upwind record at 2.1X wind speed. Also, CNN sent me a copy of the clip they aired a few days ago on the Blackbird: Now to figure out something even more pointless to do… 🙂 Rick C.

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Update on Record Attempt

July 20, 2012

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The direct upwind runs with our wind powered cart were a huge success. There were 16 of us in attendance at the New Jerusalem airstrip including the observers for the North American Land Sailing Association (NALSA). We had excellent luck with wind and way too much heat (104 deg). But we made several runs directly […]

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Update on June 16 Record Submission to NALSA

June 25, 2012

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We have not yet made the official submission to NALSA for the runs on June 16, but we’ve had enough time to analyze the data and choose a run that we feel meets all the criteria to meet NALSA rules for a direct upwind run.  This category (like the direct downwind record category) is not […]

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June 16 Record Attempt (video)

June 21, 2012

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This is the raw unedited footage of our record attempt at New Jerusalem airport on 16 June 2012. We got just a bit above 2X wind speed, going directly upwind, on a few of the runs. View the video here.

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Joby Energy: Official Sponsor

June 20, 2012

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We gratefully acknowledge Joby Energy, our official sponsor. Joby Energy is developing airborne wind turbines to harness the immense and consistent power in high-altitude winds to offer a reliable, low-cost technology for producing renewable energy. Joby Energy is contributing to: ending dependence on fossil fuels to ensure domestic energy security; job creation, and; public awareness […]

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Thanks to SparkFun, MetOne, and Sportvision

June 19, 2012

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We appreciate the kind support of SparkFun, MetOne and Sportvision.

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Record Attempt Update

June 19, 2012

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We had a good day with wind straight down the runway at about 10-15 mph.  Hot as hell (104 deg F).  I’m confident we beat wind speed directly into the wind, but I’m still analyzing the data. More as it develops. — Rick Cavallaro

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