Uses of Barrage, Fairing, Nets, Hooks, Grapnels, &
Simple solutions exist for operating low mass AWECS in
close proximity & overhead of fragile or hostile surface conditions.
Runaways & collisions are similarly preventable.
Barrage lines can be cheaply & effectively strung from prominences like
towers & pinnacles to isolate everything below from downed lines &
Fairing with a smooth railing allows sweeping lines to slide clear of
corners & points.
Nets find many uses. Safety nets can protect workers aloft or catch
falling objects. Launching & landing nets are a fine tool to allow kite
operations over almost any surface condition, from city to sea.
Simply suspending gear overhead of structure or terrain is a powerful
Grapnels (multihook) are the ancient way to snag a line with a line.
Structure mounted hooks can catch a runaway kite with a notched crutch
that snags by design on a swaged stop along the tether. A runaway HAWP
aircraft might be chased down & grapneled by an aerotow aircraft that
perhaps hands off the caught tether to a ground winch.
Preventer lines protect against specific runaway or collision. Kite
killers can double as preventers.
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