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New Method for Hotswapping and Cascade-Launch
Cascade-launch prior-art (KiteLab PDX, 2007) enabled small kites to lift progressively larger kites in a bang-bang-bang or manual sequence. While this worked well in surface wind, it did not solve the common case of launching through a thick calm layer, and the pilot-stage was not ideally withdrawn as winds increased. This new solution presented here is conceptually related to Cody's cascaded kite-train system, with stoppers and rings, from the "Golden Age of Kites" over a century ago.
Many variations on this loop/pulley/stopper-ball method allow for hotswapping kites and lines to match conditions, and to perform simple kite-array control logic. Suitable pulleys and stopper-balls are sold by kite sport and sailing suppliers.
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