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Smart Weak Links

Weak Links are a basic safety measure for towed kites, for example, if there is a reel-jam during a step-tow glide-away phase. The simplest weak links just break at a specified load, but this is not always a desirable response. A Smart Weak Link could reason about the multi-sensed situation and decide whether to release.

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  • Fixed-strength weak links
  • Inexact-strength weak links
  • Controversy over the purpose of weak links in towing wings
  • Tad Eareckson
  • Towing sailplanes
  • Launching hang gliders by towing
  • Launching AWES units
  • Lockout, lock out

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