I'm researching the viability of KAP for marine search and rescue craft. The efficiency of searching at sea is greatly impacted by viewing height above the water. In most fast response rescue boats that may be as little as 6 ft, sometimes less than wave height. If it was possible to get a stabilized video feed from a towed kite, searching capabilities could be greatly improved. In our situation we think a tethered system has specific advantages over drones.
I'm therefore looking for advice since I'm starting from scratch and clearly this community has the experience. It's a challenging environment and may be beyond KAP capabilities, but that's what I need to find out.
Here's the basic criteria:
1) Operation over water in relative wind conditions from 10kt to 40kt (Vessels travel up to 35kts).
2) Heights of 40ft or greater would be good.
3) Live stabilized video stream required for periods up to 1 hour (power available from vessel).
4) All operations, including launch and retrieval, would need to be carried out from the rear deck of the cabin vessel. A powered winch seems a likely requirement. Vessel photo and specs: http://rcmsar01.ca/#