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Wednesday October 24, 2012
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Third small prototype of megascale isotropic
The megascale concept of a pure
soft-kite isotropic wing was shown to work at meter-scale, but due to the
crudeness of the untailored triangular playsail, it tended to luff. Next
to test is common anti-luff solutions like reflex, ram-air battens,
sawtooth turbulation, LE backpressure, and so forth. Then comes a
motorized version able to fly persistently in calm by tilting in towed
circles (or generate cross-wind power back-and-forth). If all goes well,
scaling way up cheap and fast would follow. The ultimate giant versions
would be low-solidity networks of soft-wing surfaces, with bridling and
halyards to raise any kind of application payload, from energy to
habitats. Guylines would maintain suspended payloads in place, as the
overarching structure gambols about.
~Dave Santos 26Jan2012
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