“Don’t cut what you can untie”
Now I feel bad about making you do that. Should have made some tests myself first.
Does the wobbling / tilting you showed first matter?
The folding up will happen when the tension is too low and the line length is too long. (I predicted this but I don’t think it’s on record anywhere.) I do believe it is different from the flipping of the simple torque ladder as with a counterrotating helix the sticks should be better held in a plane perpendicular to the shaft.
I don’t see the video as conclusive evidence that this OTS variant doesn’t work. But I should do further testing myself. Do you have some test parameters I can use so our results are comparable?
Omitting the counter-helices would make braking from the ground impossible, wouldn’t it? One would probably want to have that.
Anyway I did think you’d find it superior one you tried it. So you’ve proven the point that it’s not so simple and I’ll shut up. Thank you for trying!