Right On, Roddy, we are on to a major mega-AWES concept here, and the VGA
analogy is apt.
We can even use Edo-style kite bridling to allow each kixel's AoA to be
fine-tuned in flight. What you can't see in all the Edo pictures is the
cool little fairlead address-map rigger's plate, at the common bridle
point, that allows every part of the Edo to be individually tension-tuned
without futzing for the right line. Of course, presetting our Kixels in a
tied-off mode is still programming.
Unit element kite in kite array (like a pixel of an image display)
A genesis of the term may be seen from the suggestion of
Rod Read on Sept. 27, 2011: "A
kite array with piezoelectric multilayer bending actuators. The array is
to be 3d. Each kite will have one or more piezoelectric multilayer
The top layer of the array will be set out and addressed as per VGA (yes
standards. e.g., a printed cut set of micro kite ribbons glued
side by side
with..." And then
Dec. 9, 2011: "I'd
suggested before addressing of kites in an array can be done with VGA
That was followed by Dave Santos' comment, "Your
VGA idea is good, it is even possible to make a giant color TV screen in
the sky out of kite pixels; would that not be cool?"
and then term creation originated by Dave Santos of KiteLab Group:
an identical addressable kite unit, one of many strung along rope
loadpaths in matrix-arrays, in order to make up a "metakite"
Sensors in a kixel may report the conditions of that unit.
Controllers may face the needs of a particular kixel.
Maintenance crews may focus on a particular kixel.
See related terms:
~Dave Santos 6April2012
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