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Modular TLNs (Tensile Loadpath Networks)
A powerful concept that emerged early on the Forum is airborne string lattice-work. In effect the sky could be filled with a cats-cradle of "Tensile Loadpath Network" (TLN). One can even see this as aerial polymerization; the least-dense (true) aerogel ever, feasible even on a planetary-scale. This is "freespace" tech: It works in air, undersea, and in space.
Previous concepts for these vast string-cathedrals tended to presume a more-or-less fixed design of strings, wings, and payloads. The progression in thinking is for these networks to be considered as a pure modular component, independent and open to interfacing spontaneously with any desired combination of wings and payloads. Such an airborne net is akin to a naval port of docking units (slips), or a hardware bus, as used to build high-tech platforms.
This new view suggests many new methods. To start, an anchored rope net might lay loosely on the kite field in calm and operate depending on mission and forecast conditions (wind direction and velocity). Kites and payloads could be docked and undocked, and moved around, even evolving the AWES or aerotecture radically, in realtime, as the basic TLN remains constant. A TLN would operate across all conditions by changing support modules. TLNs can interface peer-to-peer, and be subnetworked in fractal dimensions.
Nothing is stronger than modern rope, and this is the ultimate pure-rope technology. Rope is well thick enough that UV is not a major lifecycle limitation. We can count on 20-yr service for a well-treated TLN. Mature TLNs could remain at High Altitude indefinitely, with a constantly rotating assortment of lift, energy, and other payload systems.
Expect new KiteLab Group experiments soon along these lines.
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