Nick Jacobsen: he loves unusual kite jumps

Nick Jacobsen has jumped from racing yacht Azzam's 30-meter (98 feet) mast. The sailing team had just conquered the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crew made the invitation. The Danish stuntman accepted the challenge and climbed up the sailboat's mast.

"I like jumping off stuff with my kite. I had never been on top of a mast like that. I don't know how it reacts out there compared to the wind," Nick Jacobsen told before reaching the top of Azzam.

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Dual-Aircraft Platform: inspired by kitesurfing kites | Photo: ERAU

Scientists from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) are developing an innovative aircraft that will be able to deliver wireless Internet access to dead zones.

Inspired by the sport of kiteboarding, the team led by William Engblom received $100,000 from NASA to improve the Dual-Aircraft Platform (DAP), essentially two gliders connected by an ultra-strong thin cable.

"The DAP is likened to a kitesurf setup, with one aircraft acting as the sail, and the other as the board. The DAPs could stay stationary in the stratosphere for years, running off power from the sun and the wind," explains Engblom, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering at (ERAU).

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Team 67°N: they crossed Greenland in less than ten days | Photo: Oliver Hugh-Jones

Four British voyagers have set a new record for the world record for the fastest crossing of Greenland on foot by man or animal.

Tom Avery, Andrew Gerber, George Wells and Patrick Woodhead are Team 67°N, a group of renowned polar explorers. They rode their kites in temperatures of -25C° for a total of 610 kilometers (379 miles).

"We are black and blue, dehydrated, weather-beaten, frost-nipped - and it was all worth it. The conditions were right, but it's tough going on hard ground; our sleds and our knees took a real pounding," Avery told BBC.

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