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Wednesday October 24, 2012
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Surface Winch-Field and Airborne Tethered-Mesh
Remember Terrain-Assisted AWE? The concept has
far wider potential than first envisioned. High terrain was the obvious
opportunity, but even low terrain with slightly elevated anchors, like
levees and mounds, will serve to create robust aerial infrastructure for
Consider a land or sea surface laid out as a matrix of winches, a
"winch-field" multi-tethered to a common mesoscale airborne mesh; a
"tethered-mesh" able to fly to great height, but whose default state is to
rest stretched above the surface. Lifters such as; kites, LTA, and
rotorcraft, as well as payloads of all kinds, would dock as needed
anywhere on the mesh. Such well-constrained infrastructure would fly
powered by wind (or from stored power in calm) taking off and landing in
an orderly deterministic sequence.
This basic method allows any lift or payload technology to be applied over
any geophysical surface.
~Dave Santos Oct
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Planetary exploration example:
stretch long science-platform cableways using terrain like Mars'
Hosted vehicles could traverse long distances along cables over
"impossible terrain", lowering sensors to the surface anywhere along
the way. During wind events, the cables could host kite-based vehicles
able to rise to considerable altitude and range far cross- or
downwind, even laying new cableways.
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