Towards a crosswind version of Kiwee?

My apologies for my false statements about the orientation of the device during crosswind motion. I was confusing crosswind movement with crosswind force which is exactly opposite.
If the lifter kite is moved in a figure-of-eight by means of a kite steering unit, what will happen to the sheaves of the cable drive? Will the reorientation cause the axes of the sheaves to tilt from the horizontal position? Will the cable rub against the wall of the sheave causing friction losses and reduced life?

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A pilot lifter can support a turbine that swings like a pendulum off the main-line. Just a small steering input at the vane can initiate large swings. The lifter will fly a tiny inverse figure-8 to the sweeping turbine’s large pattern. Add an elastic bungee leader to the pilot if needed to damp disturbance from the swinging elements. OAIPC

Cableway loop sheaves twist in relation to each other quite a lot without problems. The ground sheave can also be made to follow the flying sheave’s tilting. Fairleads and close block tolerance prevent most trouble. Line twist is not a problem for braided line.

Rope driving worked well historically, even with vegetable fiber ropes. Rapid wear suggests design failure. Proper sizing, conservative loading, and elastomer coating on the sheave can provide very long service.

Here is the old bible of rope-driving, more vital than ever, to AWE R&D. Lots of good data easily extrapolated to UHMWPE specs-

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