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Conductive-Tether High-Altitude Solution
Problem- A thick high-current conductor cable
set like a normal kiteline to serve a single FEG kite-platform entails too
much mass, aerodrag, and negative-lift to effectively reach high
altitudes. The cable progressively self-limits by assuming a very shallow
flight angle; growing heavier, more resistive, and longer faster than
altitude can be gained [McNaughten]. Setting lifter kites along the cable
helps, but there is still a down-force tether-angle, and adding many
lifter kites comes at a cost. Combined critical polymer structure with
metallic conductors is severely thermal-limited and tends to mismatched
creep and elastic modulus.
CoolIP* ~Dave Santos 18Dec2011 AWES5128
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