Researchers Develop Insect-Inspired Free-Flying, Flapping Wing Robot

Published by , September 17, 2018 12:41 pm

(ScienceDaily) TU Delft researchers from the Micro Air Vehicle Laboratory (MAVLab) have developed a novel insect-inspired flying robot. Experiments with this first autonomous, free-flying and agile flapping-wing robot are improving understanding of how fruit flies control aggressive escape maneuvers. Apart from its further potential in insect flight research, the robot’s flight qualities open up new drone applications.
Animal flight has always drawn the attention of biologists, who not only study their complex wing motion patterns and aerodynamics, but also their sensory and neuro-motor systems during such agile maneuvers. Flying animals have also become a source of inspiration for robotics researchers, who try to develop lightweight flying robots that are agile, power-efficient and even scalable to insect sizes.

Tags: ,