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Cluster Kite Systems
with an eye for energy and work AWES

Clusters of wings in one kite system form a cluster kite. Trains, stacks, trees, coteries, chains, segmented kite arches, rosaries, ... are cluster kite systems. We have dedicated folders for trains and stacks. And kite arches. And Rosary kites.  In this folder we aim to face kite systems that structurally hint of  trees, coteries, flowers, flocks, arrays, domes, meshes, nets, bushes, vines, bushes, spider webs, farm fields, and other special clusters is the mission of this folder. The nomenclature for kite clusters is still forming. Suggestions are ever invited. Just how to name certain types of clusters will be open for discussion.  Categorizing any built-and-flown cluster should be a fun adventure. 

Having "smart" clusters is a challenge, but new tools will permit ever-smarter clusters to be flown. Passive traffic control of the wings in a cluster ever beckons the designer. Active traffic control of the wings in a cluster kite is a realm that may blossom because of advances in GPS, sensors, actuators, and control units.

Why have various clusters?   The challenge is there to fly clusters safely. Then the purpose of flying a cluster kite may range over the purposes found in kiting generally.  We keep an eye for energy productions and works.

Designing clusters that perform as wanted will prove to be a strong call on high-grade engineering.  Building and rigging and flying clusters safely for various purposes will bring out the best talents in participants. Toy cluster kites? Sport cluster kites? Practical-tasked cluster kites?   How might cluster kites fit into era K3?  Into energy production systems? Teamwork; yes, teamwork!

Single-point anchor:

More-than one anchor:

  • arches
  • balls
  • bars
  • bunches
  • domes
  • fences
  • ladders
  • loop ladders
  • meshes
  • nets
  • networks
  • spider webs

Separate anchors and separated wing sets, but with some kind of unified purpose of units:

  • teams
  • farms
  • festivals
  • gangs
  • gatherings
  • groups
  • meetings
  • committees
  • herds
  • conglomerates
  • metropolis
  • cities


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Free-flight cluster kites:

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When the media is water:

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Some teasing examples that are not trains or stacks
Discussion and scratching for cluster terms:
  • How many wings in the cluster?
  • What does the cluster look like from the view of the anchor system? From downwind? From the side? From underneath the wings? From a distance?  Does the cluster look like some figure, some geometric shape, some person, some object? 
  • Are the wings of the cluster moving about a great amount or just a little amount?
  • Are the wings aware of the other wings by  R-C?   Do the wings sense  their distance from the other wings in the cluster?   Sense-and-avoid technologies?
  • How is a cluster different from a group of separate kite systems?    Or are the hundreds of kite systems at a kite festival some kind of cluster also?
  • The single-trunk lined cluster seems to be of particular keen interest.
  • Does graph theory help in categorizing kite cluster types?
  • What is the average wing-separation distance? How would that be defined? A wing has close neighbors and distant neighbors?
  • How is the tether system? What is the map of the cluster in terms of tether segments?
  • Will a cluster have a fractal dimension?
  • Are there tag lines involved? Stay lines? Cluster-keeping lines? Dousing lines? Control lines? Energy-transmission lines?  How is energy taken off the system (PTO)?
  • Launching protocol?
  • Landing protocol?
  • Wind range for the cluster?
  • Costs? Time costs?
  • Funding clusters?
  • Crowd-built clusters?
  • Rays of trains?
  • Rays of single wings? Rays of doubles? Rays of triples?
  • Rays of rays?
  • Ladder of kite arches of trains?
  • Ladder of kite arches of rays of singles, doubles, triples, n-ples,
  • Rays of singles each having distinct tether lengths.
  • Rays of singles each wing having the same length of tether. The wings have individualized veering.
  • Mess cluster
  • Planned self-downing through wing interference. How fancy might the dance-to-down be?
  • Interlocking wings
  • Magnetic catches on wings
  • Human-lifting cluster kite
Resistance to cluster kite systems?  While some clustering is ancient and favored, there are challenges and resistances to cluster kite systems. Recognizing resistances, complaints, disadvantages, and problems may invite new solutions. We keep open to note the challenges. What have you?
  • Traffic jams!     Maybe slamming into each other can be turned around to be a good thing?
  • Soooo many parts!    Where is mass production when you want it?
  • It can be so dang expensive in time, operations, and materials!  Logistics on steroids!
  • Who is going to pay for all of this?
  • Breakaways?  Ohhhhh, the Breakaways!      Let's not have them when not with approved purpose!
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Synergistic discovery paths: Plant world, graph theory, mathematics, sociology, matrix theory, nuclear theory, atomic theory, group theory, animal life, bird life, dust, seeds, kite history, aviation history, text types, classifications, classification theory, crystallography, chemistry,
Some aspects:  aggregate dynamics, repair, control, launching, landing, cluster thermodynamics, funding, simulating, modeling, line management, wing management, anchor management, energy management, risk management, weather coordination, safety, downing system.  "Keep your distance, wing#329, or I'll bite you good!"   Repulsion. Mixing. Coalescing. Swirling. Vibrating. Pulsing. Dancing. Pumping.
How shall we classify the concept of the carousel using spoked poles where the poles are rooted from one hub or trunk? Branches from main trunk? Branches having leaves? Is it a kind of flower more than a tree? Flowers have pedals. But trees have branches and leaves that fly ... that are kites.  I am favoring "tree" for the KiteGen carousel; a kite tree with main trunk, with branches, and with flying leaves. The energy from the wind affects the leaves and branches and such affects the trunk. The power take-off system (PTO) is at the trunk on the proposed KiteGen carousel. Kite tree turbine generating electricity!   Examine the art and see what you come up with for classification name in the cluster space.     

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