Monday, October 27, 2014

Bird-inspired system could result in smoother flights

RMIT's sensor-equipped MAV in a wind tunnel experiment

Turbulence can be unpleasant enough for passengers in full-sized aircraft, but it's even more of a challenge for unmanned micro air vehicles (MAVs) – a good gust can blow one of the little drones completely off course, or even cause it to crash. That's why a team from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, has looked to birds for a solution. The result is a system that detects turbulence before it buffets the MAV, allowing the aircraft to anticipate it and thus maintain a smoother flight. The technology could also be applicable to regular airplanes. .. Continue Reading Bird-inspired system could result in smoother flights

Section: Aircraft

Tags: Biomimicry, Birds, Drone, Flight, MAV, RMIT University, UAV

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