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Anchor Circles v. Anchor Grids (review and clarifications)

(This Anchor Circle note is mostly review, but from an evolving perspective, and worth repeating for AWES Forum newcomers)

Ground anchors are very cheap and effective compared to alternatives like massive vehicles and extensive trackways. Large kite-farm concepts usually embody a layout pattern of multiple ground anchors in square or hexagonal grids of many cells of center-point anchors hosting individual kite units.

A competing layout advocated by KiteLab Ilwaco is an Anchor Circle along the perimeter of the kite farm. Anchor Circles promote safe and orderly containment of many flight elements on the farm. The circle--in effect--leverages the surface plane as a primary "control-bar," for high flight stability without added mass aloft. This allows vast numbers of interconnected kite units to be hosted at far higher densities, as a single highly-integrated fight-control process.

To adapt to veering wind, a flying array formation is either rotated by belaying it, Alpine-style, around the Anchor Circle, or a flying array can simply tilt and locally comply with wind direction. An anchor circle can provide phased tug inputs for control, flight persistence in calm, and extract power. Many Anchor Circle concepts call for concentric anchor circles, a central turret, and other special features. A precision circular anchor layout is not strictly required; many regular and odd perimeter shapes can be implemented.

With so many advantages, Anchor Circles constitute a major AWES architectural class method

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