Universal Large AWECS
Launching and Landing Method Identified
Earlier posts introduced the concept of
ferrying kiteplanes to and from airports in terms of major delivery and
overhauls. This post expands the idea to include "daily" operations, plus
Local and regional airports can host routine high volume large kiteplane
launching and landing operations (by towing or self-power). The kiteplanes
then commute into place, "docking" (anchoring) over generating plants or
grid access points below. As needed, given extended calms, storm
forecasts, repairs, or maintenance, the energy aircraft "return to port".
Energy Aircraft operations can be worked around the human commuter traffic
"rush hours" or become SDO compliant under NextGen capabilities. Some mix
of site-launch and airport-launch may be most practical.
Large arrays can be assembled in place over congested surface conditions
without needing to ever land "on-site" at all. It may also work for
tethers to be festooned on terrain or towers within reach (a few km), from
generating points to airports, to even enable tow launch of predocked
kiteplanes from a nearby airport.
~Dave Santos 11/11/11
Comment and development of this topic will be occurring here.
All, send notes, drawings, and photographs!
Terms and aspects:
- Super Density Operations (SDO)
Commentary is welcome: