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Soil Kite, Soil Kites, Soil Kiting
Soils: dirt, gravel, grass, snow, sand, grain, mud, bogs, ...
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"
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:
Discern between fixed anchors and soil foils: