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Critical Reliability and Maintainability of Complex AWES (review topic)

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  • dave santos
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 14, 2013
      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-

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FMECA

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_Logistics_Support


      "Perfection is when there is nothing left to remove" Saint-Exupery
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