Winch-Tow as an Aviation Basis
The more we look at AWE-driven winch-towing of gliders the more it seems
like a potential foundation for extensive fuel-less aviation. It works at
all scales, from model to jumbo aviation.
A future-tow key is a little airplane at the end of the tow rope to fly
the tow rope for docking and back during retracts, sort of like the winged
mid-air refueling pods. All sorts of variations would work; a major hub
airport might have a continuous tow rope to launch transports at a high
rate. Folks have already towed many gliders in gangs; the record is like
nine at once, but could be far higher. E-train-based ground towing is
CoolIP ~Dave Santos March 26, 2010 M3254
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