Following a series of improvements, in 2020, the kite reached an altitude of 1,000 meters for the first time. On the day, Itakura announced each milestone over the wireless-"Higher than the Tokyo Tower! Past the Skytree!"-while the rest of the team celebrated.

From there, they attempted longer durations, including night flights. The team was kitted out in the kind of high-visibility gear found at construction sites, and the area was illuminated with industrial lighting. Despite taking every safety precaution, they ran into unexpected trouble...



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