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Getting to know your composite spars, rods, tubes, carbon fiber, fiberglass.... and more!






Nic O'Neill, Paul de Bakker

In this episode Nic O'Neill sits down with Paul de Bakker, a frequent guest on the Sportkite Podcast and not only an avid kite flier and designer, but in his professional life he is a composites engineer for He dives into the nitty gritty about the differences between the kinds of spars you might find in a sport kite (specifically carbon fiber and fiberglass). The same technology and techniques used to make your kite flexible or rigid, are the same used to make the landing gear for the Ingenuity Helicopter on Mars!! (Yep, he designed and made those too). This is just the start to better understanding the materials that go into sport kites. Hope you enjoy!

Episode 13 - Transcription
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Please note, transcripts and subtitles on this episode may be slightly inaccurate, they are still under revision

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