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Soil Kite,  Soil Kites, Soil Kiting

Soils: dirt, gravel, grass, snow, sand, grain, mud, bogs, ...

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A kite has three major sets: W1, T, W2. When W1 is in soils, then "soil kite" is appropriate for the tethered elements of W1. Such soil kites are tethered to W2 elements by tethers of the tether set T. The elements of W2 may be wing elements in air or in water or in other media.  W1 is essential to have kite. T is essential to have kite.  W2 is essential to have kite.

A soil kite system is a kite that has at least W1 or W2 kiting in some type of soil.  When the movement of the soil-placed elements is intended to be near to no movement, then one has a non-moving anchor. Differently, when the soil-placed elements are intended to have significant or useful movement, then one has soil-kite dynamics occurring and soil kiting occurring.  Anchors that unintentionally move because of tether forces and/or soil-changed forces or soil-condition changes will enter into soil kiting mode; there are important human construction projects that pay attention to the intentional and unintentional kiting of tethered elements and anchors set in soils.

Some non-soil kites:   An air-wing tethered to the hand of a human kite pilot who stands on soil has most often the friction of shoe soles on the soil as the dominant keeper of the anchoring system of the kite system; and since friction on the soles is the dominant anchoring mechanism, such systems are not commonly placed in "soil kite" collections.

Another non-soil kite system is a kite system that has W1 operating in water, ocean, lake, pond. The wing in W1 could be a ship's hull, a hydrofoil, a kiteboard, a drogue chute, or just the lower part of the dragging tethers operating as W1 in resistive play.

Simple soil kite: Instead of the human pilot described above, have the tethered air-wing anchored to a wing buried in soil. The soil might be mud, gravel, soft dirt, hard dirt, sand, etc. where "soil" is taken as having types. When a land-boarder is deflecting sand with a sand board pulled by an air-wing in a kite system, then the sand board is the main element of the W1 set of the kite system; accepting the sand as with the genre of "soil" we thus have a soil kite operating in the kite-land boarder.  Another is the having a soil-plow or soil foil pulled by the air wing in a kite system. The elements of W1 in soil kites may be "flying" in the soil under special controls that veer the soil wing by changing pitch, yaw, or roll, not unlike the water wings in paravanes for commercial fishing.  Moving W1 wings of soil kites allow the whole kite system to move about lands; such systems are envisioned to be part of energy-gathering kite systems on other planets even while the whole system moves about the planets' atmospheres and soils.  Snow kiting, land sailing with kite, grass kiting are soil kite activities, if one includes "snow" in the family of "soil" or grass also.

FFAWE has a branch that is soil kiting as well as a branch of water kiting and a branch of air kiting.
Farm soil ploughs are frequently drawn by fueled tractors or working animals; sometimes people pull soil foils of various designs for various reasons.  Consider having an air wing tethered to the soil foil; drive the soil foil to accomplish desired results (varies); such then would be a soil kite instance.
Applications for soil kites:
  • Plough the soil in preparation for planting seeds.
  • Have the soil foils of the soil kite sift for sized objects.
  • Have the soil foils of the soil kite detonate war mines left in the soil.
  • Have the soil foils of the soil kite harvest potatoes or other special roots.
  • Have the soil foils of the soil kite be of complex design so part of the foil construct takes off the land the weeds.
  • Have the soil foil of the soil kite be of complex design so an upper part is a platform for giving entertainment rides to people from one place to another even while lower parts of the soil foil might be tilling the soil for food-planting.
  • The soil may be at the bottom of a pond or ocean or sea; have the soil kite be of upper air wings tethered to soil wings "flying" in the silt of the seafloor when special geoengineering purposes are approved or sea-floor harvesting is approved, etc.
  • Ploughing, plowing,     kitepowercoop.org
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrow_(tool)
  • Types of harrows: disc harrow, tine harrow, chain harrow and chain disk harrows.
  • Replace those fueled trucks at public sanded beach parks that pull sifted to pick up trash out of the sand; replace with soil kites using the onshore wind on the air elements while driving towed soil-foils shaped to sift for trash in the sand.
  • Fetch remnants of string and cable from soils by flying the soil foils deep into the soils while the tether catches the buried lines.
  • Fly the soil foils in such manner that disturbed media wipes over magnets for the collection of magnet matter.
  • Design and fly the soil kite in such a manner that lets towing of object stay along the ground at prescribed rates.
  • Hunting for meteorites.  kitepowercoop.org
  • Cutting peats.   kitepowercoop.org  
  • Cutting channels in ice. kitepowercoop.org
  • Pinging geological surveys.   kitepowercoop.org  [Does that mean flying through soils, perhaps with instruments in the soil foil,  studying the reactions in order to map the geology of a region?]
          "Anything that pings and looks for a signal...... sonar / sonic, radar, other radio frequencies. Maybe one soil kite would transmit and one soil kite would receive."
  • When approved, consider soil kites for triggering landslides and avalanches. Have the soil foils drawn by the winded air wings via the kite tethers to carve fractures and disturb soil tensions for a net release.
Discern between fixed anchors and soil foils:

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