2006: Makani was founded to access untapped wind resources at higher altitudes. Using kite-surfing as a source of inspiration, the team has developed and tested many different prototypes designed to harness the power of the wind more efficiently.
2007: Makani started off using soft kites, similar to those used in kite-surfing.
2009: The team transitioned away from soft kites to create its first rigid kite, Wing 1.
2009: Wing 2 was the first rigid kite made out of carbon fiber, an incredibly strong and light material used in surfboards, race cars, and conventional wind turbines.
2009: The team achieved its first autonomous crosswind flight with Wing 3. This prototype was used to further develop the autonomous flight controller.
2010: Makani generated power for the first time with Wing 4.
2010: The team also developed the first tail configuration for Wing 5.
2010: Makani further refined its ability to transition between different flight modes with Wing 6.
2011: Wing 7, also known as the 20kW energy kite, was Makani’s first fully autonomous system, a prototype capable of completing all flight modes, from hovering to crosswind flight.
2015: Makani finished its first commercial scale system, the 600kW energy kite, a larger prototype that will generate significantly more power.