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Hello @May and @Jezim,
The jury’s meeting minutes can help you understand a little bit better what they jury valued about this project.
Technically speaking the project is challenging, no doubt about that, but there’s nothing in this solution that’s so far from reality that one could not imagine how it might work.
The cells themselves can be seen as small hot-air balloons, or zeppelins. The exact diameter of the cells and the composition of the gas to make them float would have to be carefully studied, but the idea of being able to elevate from the ground without the need of a propeller is not new.
The cables themselves could be just that, a cable that could be rolled or unrolled with the push of a button, very much like the systems you see on tow trucks.
The cells would not tangle with one another for the same reason kites can be flown very close to one another. The wind is the same for all of them, and so when the wind changes direction they all move at once without crashing into each other.
Of course those are just the main ideas that make this project work “in theory”, and there are still many other challenges that would need to be solved, but every daring structure humanity has ever built, including landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge or the Sydney Opera, were initially only ideas that could work “in theory” with tons of challenges that needed to be solved, and they were, even though they might have looked like science fiction at the time.