Photo by Toral
Although we’re still very far from achieving glide efficiencies as high as would be required to fly, for the first time in history, with the very fast moving, low slope walls of an open ocean ground swell, I trust it’s technologically possible to reach them. Things are just getting started, and the amount of design strategies unfolding before us is staggering. I believe that, under the right development circumstances, veritable dream craft with which to fly for miles like an albatross could be built in the near future.
Lately, I’ve been designing and building tubercled wings, based upon very recent research on the amazing performance of the pectoral fins of humpback whales, which has shown that their tubercled, sinusoidal leading edge configuration achieves a structured flow management resulting in considerable induced drag reductions over equivalent, conventional leading edge wings, as well as much higher angle of attack capabilities. As far as I know, I’m the first to use tubercled wings on a hydrofoil of any kind.