Dynamic Assembly of Large-Scale Airborne Structure & NextGen SDO
A while ago Alex shared a cool video link of skydivers under canopy
linking together into a large array, holding a stable forward glide, then
unlinking for separate landings. Future flight automation should be
capable of comparable operations. Perhaps the best way to make a vast
AWECS is to fly many individual aircraft into linked formations like the
complex kite arches the forum recently considered. In routine calm or
storm the many pieces would unlink to land on a small field.
Malfunctioning units will be hotswappable. An array of this sort could
even reconfigure continuously for conditions, including load demand.
Dynamic assembly in free-space allows vast structures not otherwise
practical. Diverse pieces made anywhere in the world might even fly
together into a composite system & fly apart to specific maintenence
locations. Ships & trains might serve a mobile bases for airborne dynamic
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