Researchers at TU Delft from the Micro Air Vehicle Laboratory (MAVLab) have created a flying robot that flaps its wings to move. The robot was developed to get a better understanding of how fruit flies control aggressive escape maneuvers like those deployed to avoid someone’s swatter, according to SlashGear.
The report notes that the robot can flap its wings 17 times per second to generate both lift and directional control using the wing motions. In doing so, it’s able to make minor adjustments to its wing motion while in flight. The adjustments and rapid wing movement allow the robot to hover, fly in any direction while remaining agile.
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Each robot can travel up to 25 km/h and can perform maneuvers such as 360-degree flips that are like loops and barrel rolls. Each has a wingspan of 33 cm and weighs 29 grams. Between charges, each robot can
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