In technical terms, kites are defined as objects that fly solely due to the flow of a fluid medium. The fluid medium could be air or water, but is mostly air, although kites that fly in both mediums do exist. The word “kite” comes from the name of a type of bird belonging to the hawk family. It is known for its graceful and soaring flight, hence the name.
The mechanism of flight in kites is based on the forces of lift and drag. Wind resistance causes the air pressure under the kite to be greater than the air pressure above the kite, causing the kite to rise.
A kite can be divided into 3 major parts: the body (consisting of the larger main area), the line (also called the tail), and the cord that attaches the line to the body.