Most recent edit:
Wednesday October 24, 2012
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Robotic Kite-Buddy Vehicle
A "Kite-Buddy" is a friend who does any of
several jobs for the kite flyer, but most importantly helps launch a kite
by presenting it to the wind on an extended tether. This skips more
chaotic "short-line harmonics" and painfully slow downwinding by a
"cold-launch". With a "hot" "buddy-launch" a kite winch can raise the kite
to working altitude in a deterministic way. Landing would generally be
practical to the winch, but a kite buddy might retrieve an accidentally
grounded kite for relaunching or saving it from dragging back home.
A robot vehicle Kite-Buddy may be the golden solution to launching
difficulties many AWES R&D teams like KiteGen are currently experiencing.
A few radiating taxiways from a central anchor point would suffice. The
rest of the landscape under the AWES could serve other needs.
A mix of prior art and some IP claims exist around this method. The
passive launching of a hang-glider on a dolly is a close existing analog.
~Dave Santos Oct
Comment and development of this topic will be occurring here.
All, send notes, drawings, and photographs!
- Terms and aspects:
- kite assistant
- kiting assistant
- kite-operation assistant
- kite linesman
- kite winchman
- Octave Chanute launching scheme
- Related links and concepts:
- Passive structural buddies: rests, prevents, aerial-cable
- Launching procedures with their devices
- Checklist as a buddy
- Loop that takes a cart out and back. Out with wing; back without
wing. Flying wings could provide power to return a kite buddy
vehicle that might be on a loop. Or the AWES could charge
batteries for the robot cart.
- Platform launch from moving buddy vehicle for hang glider kite:
Bob Buxton HG Launch
- Commentary is welcome:
- Human kite buddies: it is a great plus if the kite buddy
could take over the operation in case something happens to the kite
pilot where he or she cannot perform needed actions. Buddies
well trained may save lives and equipment. JpF,
Oct. 6, 2012
Note: coolIP is hereby defined as a Creative-Commons Unported NonCommercial
so now we are integrated with the latest
standard cooperative IP model, but "coolIP" remains a nice shorthand.