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Uses of Barrage, Fairing, Nets, Hooks, Grapnels, & Preventers
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 & kites.

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 trick.

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.

FairIP/CoopIP                                ~~Dave Santos
     M1498     May 10, 2010

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  • Any chain has a most weak point. Designing AWECS to optimize highest safety would place the most weak point to minimize costs in catastrophic changes to the system.



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