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Kite Dense Array Geometries Solve RunAway
and Sprawl (review and update)
Dense kite arrays are both ancient and modern; as popular branches of classic kiting. Endless variations are possible by train, arch, and 3D configurations. Aggregate-unit architectures are a top megascale-AWE principle. A hundredfold increase in practical AWES array density over single tether-point space usage is typical in geometric analysis.
Surprisingly, many would-be "AWE experts" (like MikeB and maybe even PierreB) seem unaware that these methods disprove simplistic pessimistic assumptions about the field being stuck by the risk of runaway and sprawl. AWE ventures that identify and develop these methods will enjoy great advantages. The AWES Forum has long documented the emergence of the dense-array paradigm for AWE.
The modern story of dense-array thinking can be traced vertically from Dave Culp's early Flexi stacks to Wubbo's Laddermill scheme, and then horizontally as crosswind arches, as popularized by Kay Buesing of the World Kite Museum. Perhaps the most advanced tested concept in the dense-array space is Mothratech, where large numbers of unit "kixels" fly closely and reliably together. WECS are similarly flyable in close formations (KiteLab Ilwaco testing).
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