Topic
Kite Trains         and stacks
Sept. 20, 2019       Dave Santos
Kite Trains/Stacks gain Traction in AWEcademia

Note that too-close a kite stack self interferes. so looser train-spacing is the best power-to-weight-and-airspace. The hidden issue is whether active digital Optimal Control of many-body problem is not better done by embodied passive dynamic stability methods. Formal AWE theory is catching up to classic multi-kite train and stack practice long reviewed and endorsed here. Sad that Wubbo's SpiderMill is not cited as an antecedent, still, great to see the Ivory Tower again coming around to widely known informal kite art. This is a key paper to move rigorous AWE topology theory toward laterally extended kite networks interconnected aloft. Congratulations to the authors, two well known to us (Reinhart and Moritz) and two new (Johem and Thilo)-

(PDF) Optimal control of stacked multi-kite systems for utility-scale airborne wind energy   Jochem De Schutter, Thilo Bronnenmeyer, Reinhart Paelinck, Moritz Diehl, Rachel Leuthold 
 
Practical Note: Too-close a kite-stack self interferes, so looser train-spacing is best power-to-weight-and-airspace. The undiscussed issue is whether active digital Optimal Control of the hairy many-body problem is not better done by embodied passive dynamic stability methods.


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