Sign In

Communications of the ACM

ACM TechNews

Eagle-Inspired Robot Flies by Flapping Its Feather-Covered Wings


View as: Print Mobile App Share: Send by email Share on reddit Share on StumbleUpon Share on Hacker News Share on Tweeter Share on Facebook
The robotic bird about to take flight.

Researchers at China's Guangxi University and Chinese firm Bee-eater Technology built a robotic bird with flapping wings covered in actual feathers.

Credit: Bee-eater Technology

Researchers at China's Guangxi University and Chinese firm Bee-eater Technology were inspired by a golden eagle to build a robotic bird with flapping wings covered in actual feathers.

The ornithopter consists of a carbon-fiber framework connected by aluminum joints and three-dimensionally-printed plastic components, then clad in thin foam and layered with goose feathers.

The wings are powered by an electric motor, using a gearbox to reduce the output speed 48-fold and mimic the flapping rate of a large bird of prey.

Tests demonstrated that the ornithopter could successfully take off, fly for slightly more than 60 seconds, and land safely.

Guangxi University's Yu Cai said a realistic bird robot could find use in situations where an operator wants to blend in and conceal itself.

From New Scientist
View Full Article

 

Abstracts Copyright © 2021 SmithBucklin, Washington, DC, USA


 

No entries found

Sign In for Full Access
» Forgot Password? » Create an ACM Web Account
ACM Resources