CMR helps kiters race
At the end of March 350 kiters from over 30 nations competed on the mountain plains of Hardangervidda. Knowing that wind is their most important resource, CMR was there providing realtime data.
CMR sponsing knowledge to professional kiters in Red Bull Ragnarok event March 2016. Photos: cop. CMR
The race format was a mass start, where each participant had to complete five full laps of the chosen course (one lap = 15-20km) using only their kite, and either skis or snowboard. The weather was as pictures shows, blue sky, but rather cold.
Scientist Benny Svardal from CMR was present at the event with advanced LIDAR instrumentation, providing realtime wind measurements from different altitudes as a tool for the contesters to select the optimal kite for the race. Also present was Meteorologist Mariann Aabrekk from StormGeo to provide expert evaluation of wind forecasting, and Elena Garcia from WindCube vendor Leosphere for communications and event coordination. Link video
CMR-researcher Benny Svardal loves his work. Photo: cop. CMR