Migrating birds inspire scheme to transform air cargo capacity

Texas-based start-up company Aerolane is claiming that its system of gliders towed behind a powered aircraft could reduce airfreight costs by 65%. The company, founded in 2021, is currently testing a system of automated tow gliders, dubbed Aerocarts, towed behind powered turboprop light aircraft that, it says, mimics the formations adopted by migrating birds to reduce aerodynamic drag. The tow gliders are fitted with electrically powered propellers that allow them to ... [+]

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