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September 20 2012

Future Jets Will Flock Together


European aerospace giant Airbus is proposing a new method of air transport that takes advantage of bird-like formations to reduce drag, save energy and fly more quickly to their destinations. The planes going in the same general direction would join together in an aerodynamic formation before splitting off to land.

Airbus' proposal for 2050 also includes robot-assisted take-off for passenger jets, (just like fighters on carrier decks) to shorten runways and get planes to cruising altitude more quickly. The company claims shorter runways will also take up less land and produce fewer carbon emissions.

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