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The drone-bird is coming to conquer the city VIDEO

2022-11-28T16:27:24.081Z

Robot conquering the city skies: the drone-bird is coming, equipped with artificial wings and feathers, capable of turning very quickly to avoid obstacles and therefore perfect for flying in complex environments such as cities. (HANDLE)



Robot conquering the city skies: the drone-bird is coming, equipped with artificial wings and feathers, capable of turning very quickly to avoid obstacles and therefore perfect for flying in complex environments such as cities.

It was created by a group of researchers led by the Federal Polytechnic University of Lausanne in Switzerland, which also includes the Italian Dario Floreano.

According to the authors of the study, the results obtained, published in the journal Communications Engineering, may pave the way for the development of new winged drones capable of flying over long distances through very different environments, from open ones to those full of obstacles, such as forests and urban contexts.

Although winged drones are more efficient than those equipped with propellers, both from an aerodynamic and an energy point of view, robots with wings need more maneuvering space to turn around, a factor that greatly limits their use in environments complex.

To try to overcome this obstacle, researchers led by Enrico Ajanic have designed a drone inspired by the anatomy of birds, equipped with two wings, a tail and even artificial feathers.

The robot, made of reinforced plastic, has a wingspan of 1.5 meters and weighs just over 700 grams. 

Using wind tunnel and flight tests to evaluate the impact of wing and tail movements, the study authors found that the rate of turn increased four-fold when the two wings were banked at different angles, compared to to when they had the same direction but weren't both lying down.

In this way, the drone-bird is able to make much tighter turns, in just 4.9 meters compared to the more than 12 previously possible, and is therefore able to fly even in very crowded situations typical of cities.

Source: ansa

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