I am working on a kite simulator, I struggle while working on my sum forces.
Vector 3 totalForce = lift + drag + weight + lineTension
lineTension is a Vector3 which we know the direction but need to find his coefficient K which should lead to a totalForce orthogonal to the lineTension.
Hope my little drawing will be easier to understand than my explanation
I drawed the simplest position where lineTension is (-1,0,0) but kite will rise (eventually)/
You can use vector projection via the dot product to figure out the scalar between two vectors to find an orthogonal axis:
// First, find the total force without line tension
Vector3 totalForce = lift + drag + weight;
// The, take the dot product between the above force and the direction of line tension
// Make sure 'lineTension' is normalized (if it is already normalized, no need to do it again here)
float k = Vector3.Dot (totalForce, lineTension);
// Finally, subtract line tension from the total force scaled by it's dot project to project it onto an orthogonal axis
totalForce -= lineTension * k;