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- n. Plural form of parafoil.
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In March, Brooklyn-based defense contractor Atair Aerospace announced the first successful demonstration of flocking and swarming techniques in a UAV, after dropping five computer-guided Onyx parafoil gliders in an experiment funded by the U.S. Army. The company says the parafoils can be released from 35,000 feet, autonomously glide as a flock for 30 miles, then land together within 150 feet of a preprogrammed target.
MacArthur shouldered his pack and gathered the fluttering parafoils.
To the skittish dismay of the buffalo, the parafoils billowed opened and jolted their load over the uneven terrain.
The other parafoils disappeared against the dark backdrop of the mountains.
He secured both parafoils to the assembled mass and gingerly redeployed the foils in the freshening wind.
Which is 4x faster, better range and can operate in moderate winds that a snow goose can't (limitation of all parafoils).
All rely on GPS to give accurate landing information, and easily manipulated parafoils to provide the maneuverability.