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2014-01-16 07:56:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists at New York University announced Wednesday that they have built a prototype of the world’s first jellyfish drone. The tiny, electrically powered machine weighs in at just 2.1 grams and can hover in a stable manner without the use of sensors, recover from disturbances and maneuver in ways resembling a flying jellyfish, the researchers said. Previous designs for so-called flapping wing aircraft, or ornithopters, have...

2013-07-11 12:21:07

TORONTO, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AeroVelo, a Toronto based engineering team has won the AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Challenge and its $250,000 prize. On Thursday, June 13, 2013, Atlas, their human-powered helicopter, completed a record-breaking flight lasting 64 seconds and reaching a height of 3.3 metres. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20060403/SIKORSKYLOGO ) Conceived by Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson, along with the AeroVelo team, Atlas...

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2010-11-22 08:29:09

Robotic device built in New Mexico helps analyze hovering birds Hummingbirds rank among the world's largest and most accomplished hovering animals, but how do they manage it in gusty winds? A team of researchers at New Mexico State University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, and Continuum Dynamics Inc. has built a robotic hummingbird wing to discover the answer, which they describe today at the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD)...

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2010-09-23 09:38:15

Aviation history was made when the University of Toronto's human-powered aircraft with flapping wings became the first of its kind to fly continuously. The "Snowbird" performed its record-breaking flight on August 2 at the Great Lakes Gliding Club in Tottenham, Ont., witnessed by the vice-president (Canada) of the F©d©ration A©ronautique Internationale (FAI), the world-governing body for air sports and aeronautical world records. The official record claim was filed this month,...

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2010-05-20 08:40:00

A group of Japanese researchers, who publish their findings today Thursday, 20 May in IOP Publishing's Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, have succeeded in building a fully functional replica model "“ an ornithopter "“ of a swallowtail butterfly, and they have filmed their model butterfly flying. Among the various types of butterflies, swallowtails are unique in that their wing area is very large relative to their body mass. This combined with their overlapping fore wings means...