Critical Reliability and Maintainability of Complex AWES (review topic)
- This is a reminder to early AWES designers of the importance of aeronautical simplicity and inherent safety. While a complex AWES prototype can be an impressive one-of-a-kind tech-sculpture to easily fool the public and mislead careless investors, it will be hard pressed to compete with "low complexity" kite systems in meeting standard aviation requirements for economic real-world use.
Keep-It-Simple (KIS) is the golden principle to avoid many critical failure-modes entirely. Consider that even the advanced reliability and maintenance design protocols linked below still "suffer from not [adequately considering] combined failures [nor] typically include software and human interaction considerations. [They] usually provide an optimistic estimate of reliability." (US FAA).
Premature excessive complexity is a technical nightmare-
"Perfection is when there is nothing left to remove" Saint-Exupery