Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

No. It is a mixture!

Researchers from Stanford University in the US have developed a duelignende robot, by means of movable wings with attached feathers can navigate in the airspace. It writes New Scientist according to the, where you can also see a video of the flying robot.

the Robot, which very appropriately has been dubbed PigeonBot, is bevet developed as part of the researchers ‘study about how birds’ wings work.

When the birds fly, change their wings form again and again. It hangs together with the fact that the wing consists of a lot of feathers, all of which move differently.

Immediately you might think that birds are able to move each feather independently of each other. But the study finds the researchers that the blade movement control all of the feathers. And it is precisely this dynamism, which the researchers have tried to recreate with PigeonBot.

Professor David Lentink, who is a mechanical engineer and lead author of the new study believe that the research may have implications for future aeroplanes.

– It may well be that the aircraft is not going to flap with the wings, but I think that the wings will come to move, he explains to New Scientist according to the

In the study came to the researchers also find that bird feathers contain a number of qualities which cannot be reproduced synthetically. Therefore PigeonBot equipped with the feathers of a dove.

in Addition to the wings of the robot is also equipped with a propeller, as it is not quite as well suited for soaring as a live bird.

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