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Crosswind Lattice-SpinKite Arrays
It is proposed that numerous SpinKite Cells can be arrayed crosswind under a Kite-Arch in a string-lattice sandwich, for bulk synchronous phased pumping output. This method avoids drive-shafts, as a parallel extension of the KiteLab Tri-Tether or Loyd's Tri-Tether, in converting rotary motion to line-pumping transmission.
A geodesic fore mesh with swivels at the junctions would support multiple spinkites in close proximity without interference. An aft mesh attached behind the spinkite layer keeps them from fouling on the fore mesh. A triangular sandwich of this sort would output phased pumping at the fore-mesh vertices. Three-phase pumping is suited to drive rotary machinery on the ground.
It is predicted that a well designed lattice-spinkite sandwich will tolerate landing bunched up and relaunch without snags. This method promises scaling up well beyond the supposed single spinkite unit limit for practical human handling. A new scaling limit will emerge as the spinkite cell scale becomes too small in relation to the lattice to coherently overcome dispersive elasticity. This seems like only a passive-control scaling limit; active spinkite cell controls might coordinate far larger patterns of coherent pumping.
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