The towing kite is the core of SkySails propulsion. Together with the control pod and towing rope it forms what is called the “flying system”. Steered by the control pod, the towing kite performs regular dynamic flight maneuvers in the air in front of the ship to generate propulsion.

This tractive force is transmitted to the ship through a towing rope made of high-strength synthetic fiber. A specialized cable integrated within this rope ensures the supply of power to the control pod and the communication with the control system on the ship.