Feathered drone uses morphing wings and tail

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Feathered drone uses morphing wings and tail to fly like a raptor

Back in 2016 we looked at an interesting project out of Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where researchers had taken inspiration from birds to produce a feathered drone with unique capabilities. The team has continued refining this design to introduce more moving parts, enabling the drone to now fly with “unparalleled agility.”

The version of the drone we looked at a few years ago impressed with its ability to fly quickly, turn sharply and also streamline its body in the face of strong winds. It was able to do this thanks to a set of shape-shifting wings that alter their span and surface area through artificial feathers that can be retracted and expanded, just like those of a real bird. READ MORE.

Source: New Atlas



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