Inflator Kite Test2/21/12
We tested the inflator on a kite in the shop on Friday. The overall performance of the pump, pressure release valve, and radio link exceed our requirements. The firmware crashed after several hours of operation, however, so we will need to fix this bug and ensure that any future errors do not result in a deflated or exploded kite. The test showed that the inflation rate is 1.4 psi/hour and deflation rate is 5.6 psi/hour with a 40 sqm kite in the pressure range of interest. This is fast enough to handle small leaks, temperature-related pressure changes, and minor inflation adjustments for performance optimization.