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Mothra1 Disassembly Final Report (Mothra Lives!)

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  • dave santos
    As reported, due to a flood accident, Mothra1 was dissassembled for drying (after over two months stored wet and dirty).  Two unskilled laborers succeeded in
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 4, 2013

      As reported, due to a flood accident, Mothra1 was dissassembled for drying (after over two months stored wet and dirty).  Two unskilled laborers succeeded in disassembling the 300m2 wing in a combined total of five hours (75USD labor cost). Future assembly of comparable kites should be about as fast (not including about 20 hours of parts fab).

      All the parts are in good enough condition to be reused in a future World Record Largest Kite (>2000m2). Mothra1 is not dead, but her parts will live on indefinitely, in her children. Much like her namesake, Mothra1 is effectively immortal, in Phoenix-like cycles. Anyone who wishes a relic Mothra1 soft-shackle, just ask.

      2KiteSam will now be replicating the central control section in kite fabric. The 6mil black plastic initial version served well for prototyping and now serves a validated full-scale pattern. Multiple control sections, based on this first one, are predicted to work well for larger Mothra versions, as standard units.

      Intermediate-scale engineering-development Mothras will be flown at the Texas AWE Encampment, particularly to validate payload applications like lifitng WECS arrays and pioneering Airborne-Architecture.



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