Readers of this blog know that I really like biomimetic and bio-inspired design in any field, including UAVs. If there is any domain where nature has much to teach us, it is flight. Fortunately, roboticists are on it, learning to emulate the tricks of fascinating biological flyers.
One of our local labs is having some success emulating the flight of bats. Seth Hutchinson and colleagues are reporting on “Lagrangian Modeling and Flight Control of Articulated-Winged Bat Robot” at International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in Hamburg this week.
This robot system emulates the “articulated wing” seen in many species of bats, along with the easily recognized flapping propulsion. The investigators comment that bat’s flight is low powered and they maneuver in tight spaces, which are valuable features for many uses of UAVs.
Nice work. I look forward to seeing more details on this.
Conference Paper this week:
- Ramezani, Alireza , Shi, Xichen, Chung, Soon-Jo, Hutchinson, Seth, “Lagrangian Modeling and Flight Control of Articulated-Winged Bat Robot” 2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Sept 28 – Oct 03, 2015, Congress Center Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany