Interview with Tom Lolies in IKSurf #99
IKSurf magazine issue 99 is out, and inside is a Tech Focus on the ALMA, in the form of an interview with Airwave Designer Tom Lolies.
IKSurf issue 99
Below is a tiny taster, but you can read the whole interview (and the rest of the magazine) for free at the link.
"Our design is a cross-over between LEI and single skin. the 5 full chord inflated closed cells work just like the 5 struts of an LEI kite. Here, the struts are inflated by ram-air intakes and made rigid with high-density nylon rods. Thus the kite is rigid enough so that the top surface does not flutter, and the whole canopy stays solid and stable even in extremely gusty and strong winds".