Automation with Human Supervision
A prominent AWE school of
thought is focused on flying-robots so wonderful they operate reliably for
long periods unattended. It might be the first aviation technology to do
so, but in the field of Artificial Intelligence its been clear for a
decade at least that truly smart systems are far slower to emerge than was
expected. Its 2010 & there is no HAL9000 or Terminator in sight. A new
appreciation exists for naturally evolved intelligence.
Comment and development of this topic will be occurring here.
Terms and aspects: Airborne Wind Energy (AWE), artificial intelligence (AI), robots, robotics, self-flying, tricky operations, exception handling, auxiliary automation, automation, human supervision, mass-limited, mass-unlimited, radio linked, aloft equipment, ground-based equipment, exposure to loss of equipment, ground-based AWE mechanical agents, equipment service, flying robots, industrial control technology, ground-based radar, position tracking, aerial arrays, reflector, system backups, on-demand floodlights, ground-based automation, avionics,
Possible studying steering systems according to scale and use of AWECS:
-active control: automatic control or human control (for example for cell phone charger as toy)
-passive control (KiteLab' searches).
An example of mix of complete and semi-automation and ground-based and
flying based (pod) automation:
|"To escape fantasy-land, major invention starts as a working toy." ~~Dave Santos|
SkySails has done many things right-
Compare with similarly well-funded AWE efforts stuck year after year in "promise mode." SkySails is still dependent on radio-links and avionics aloft, which are far less essential to multiple anchor-point kite-fields with multi-line control.
Dave Santos May17, 2010
|I will try to develop a kite control
system at TU Delft, beginning the
1st of July. I might need four years, but I am optimistic, that we can
publish our results in an open source manner.
I have some
safety-critical knowledge in the field of the development of