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2014-02-19 12:22:17

Small Flying Vehicles, Complete with Flapping Wings, may Emerge from Study of Fruit Bats WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- By exploring how creatures in nature are able to fly by flapping their wings, Virginia Tech researchers hope to apply that knowledge toward designing small flying vehicles known as "micro air vehicles" with flapping wings. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130627/DC39790LOGO) More than 1,000 species of bats have hand membrane wings,...

Building Better Aircraft Based On Bat Wing Motions
2014-02-18 12:57:54

[ Watch the Video: Bats Inspire Next-Gen Aircraft ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers are studying how bats flap their wings in hopes it will help in designing small flying vehicles in the future. The team studied how bats use their wings to manipulate the air around them and wrote about their findings in a paper published in the journal Physics of Fluids. Over 1,000 bat species have hand membrane wings in which their fingers are “webbed” and are...

2013-04-30 16:20:27

Robotic bird's independently controllable wings makes more realistic flight maneuvers possible. COLLEGE PARK, Md., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In this age of advanced technology, how hard could it be to develop a robotic bird that flies by flapping its wings? Despite the apparent simplicity of the idea, it's very hard--if you want the bird to actually fly. And how hard could it be to make a robot bird whose wings can flap independently of each other? So hard that it's been...

How Are Mosquitoes Able To Fly In The Rain?
2012-06-05 08:55:00

[ Watch the Video ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com Anyone who has ever seen mosquitoes fly in the rain has probably rooted for the tiny pests to be taken out of the air by the constant barrage of aqua missiles sometimes weighing 50 times their mass. Unfortunately, mosquitoes have nothing to worry about because their low mass, wing design, hydrophobicity, and hard exoskeleton afford them substantial protection from the rain, according to a new report published in the Proceedings of...

Image 1 - Butterflies Inspire Bug-Sized Flying Robots
2012-02-03 04:41:50

[ Watch the Video ] To improve the next generation of insect-size flying machines, Johns Hopkins engineers have been aiming high-speed video cameras at some of the prettiest bugs on the planet. By figuring out how butterflies flutter among flowers with amazing grace and agility, the researchers hope to help small airborne robots mimic these maneuvers. U.S. defense agencies, which have funded this research, are supporting the development of bug-size flyers to carry out reconnaissance,...

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2011-07-04 07:38:02

Scientists have designed a micro aircraft that will be able to flap, glide and hover like a bird. Researchers from the Biomimetics-Innovation-Centre in Germany have been inspired by birds to produce a new versatile design of Micro air vehicle (MAV) that combines flapping wings, which allow it to fly at slow speeds and hover, with the ability to glide, ensuring good quality images from any on-board camera. "In birds, the combination of demanding tasks like take-off, travelling long distances,...

2011-06-03 12:59:26

Wang's research team discovered the sandwich microstructure of dragonfly wing veins [Wang et al. Compos Sci & Technol, 2008; 68: 186-192] and recently revealed the organic junction between these longitudinal veins and membranes of the dragonfly wing [Chen and Wang et al. Chinese Sci Bull, 2011; 56: 1658-1660]. Based on observed microstructural model and previously reported model about the main longitudinal veins and membrane, in which the former is based on the tubular model with sandwich...

2010-11-22 19:08:46

In the future, tiny air vehicles may be able to fly through cracks in concrete to search for earthquake victims, explore a contaminated building or conduct surveillance missions for the military. But today, designing the best flying mechanism for these miniature aerial machines is still a challenging task. Creating micro-scale air vehicles that mimic the flapping of winged insects or birds has become popular, but they typically require a complex combination of pitching and plunging motions to...

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2010-09-16 07:32:00

Air Force Office of Scientific Research-sponsored researcher, Dr. Robert Wood of Harvard University is leading the way in what could become the next phase of high-performance micro air vehicles for the Air Force. His basic research is on track to evolve into robotic, insect-scale devices for monitoring and exploration of hazardous environments, such as collapsed structures, caves and chemical spills. "We are developing a suite of capabilities which we hope will lead to MAVs that exceed the...

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2010-09-01 12:50:00

An unmanned aircraft system guided by satnav has been developed within ESA's Business Incubation Centre to provide rapid monitoring of land areas and disaster zones. The planes have already helped Spanish farmers in Andalusia to fight land erosion. The German start-up company MAVinci has developed the new system that uses autonomous micro-air vehicles (MAVs) with a wingspan of less than two meters, to inspect land areas. "At the moment, the remote-sensing market uses mainly manned...