Regis-de-giens wrote:It allows to have absolutely no holes all along the inter-cell (holes can become structural weak points)
PL and FS have used mesh in their kites, FS to my knowledge only in S4 dlx. Results have not been very good, in worst cases there is tears in most of the ribs. So if structural weak point is somewhere it is in the mesh part of the rib.
If there is very much bridle line there is also a lot of bridle drag. But if kite is used in low winds and low apparent wind speeds it very probably isn't so harmful. However added drag decreases L/D, so speed, upwind ability, jumping and hang time may suffer. Mostly speed and upwind, I think. Because 18m kite has more cells it means (if bridled similarly) bridle drag is bigger than in smaller models. This is against performance gain achieved from higher AR.
Regis-de-giens wrote:I suppose the aspect ratio is a bit higher (5.0 for.the 12m and 5.25 for the 15m if I remember well), around 5.5 maybe to be confirmed.
Yes, you can see it has higher AR and more cells than smaller versions. AR 5.5 is not far from the truth.
I hope this kite will become in production, even though I don't belong the target group.