In part 1, we considered a variety of operational issues for tethered balloons and kites. Here, we will consider the strength and weight of tether materials available in the 1632 universe, possible tethering systems, and how to size the tethers for a particular balloon type and size. We will also look at manned kites, and unmanned balloons and kites.


What we are looking for in a tether is a high strength-to-weight ratio (to minimize tether weight) as well as a high strength-to-volume ratio (to minimize the wind drag on . . .

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