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EPFL built an energy-efficient winged drone capable of changing its wingspan, and flying at high speed. It equipped with feathers which is capable of changing its wingspan, flying at high speed and moving through tight spaces. Birds alter the configuration of their wings, when they want to change direction, increase their speed.

Swiss scientists create winged drone that flies like a bird

Swiss Scientists Create Winged Drone That Flies like a Bird

Swiss scientists create winged drone that flies like a bird

Highlights

  • EPFL in Switzerland built an energy-efficient winged drone.
  • Scientists were inspired by birds.
  • It was extremely difficult to find the right balance between aerodynamic efficiency and the weight of the device.
  • The wing is composed mainly of composite materials in order to maximize strength while reducing overall weight.
  • The fake feathers are made from fiberglass and a thin layer of nylon.
  • Due to its ability to adapt, it may prove very efficient at low altitude, in an urban environment where winds change rapidly; his winged drone opens up new possibilities.
  • Researchers wanted to develop a bio-inspired drone that could meet various aerodynamic requirements.

Features

  • Winged drone capable of changing its wingspan, flying at high speed and moving through tight spaces.
  • The drone also has feathers that it can fold and overlap like a fan.
  • It is capable of flying between obstacles, making sharp turns and coping with strong winds.
  • The moving part is located on the outer wings.
  • It is able to adapt to wind conditions.
Location of Switzerland

Location of Switzerland

Location of Switzerland

About Switzerland

  • Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country.
  • Home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps.
  • The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails.
  • Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned.
  • Dialing code: +41
  • Currency: Swiss franc
  • Population: 8.081 million
  • Official languages: Romansh, French, German, Italian
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- Published/Last Modified on: December 20, 2016

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