Wonderful achivement and convincing demonstration of human engineering.
Can we imagine a DIY version of this anyone ?
I have seen somewhere a DIY version, but not this big. this is huge 2 meter span=7 ft?, and the AUW only 450 grams (1 lbs). Put APM on it it flies forever
Impressive.And it seems it has a good autopilot
they really got the hit with this bird... too sad its most likely to stay an adverisement tool :-(
@Ben: with a weight of 450g, thats over 30W/kg. There are planes flying at 10 or under.
@inout: It´s manual flight in this show, see the person with the radio next to the throw.
This bird is DIY made by a guy from the Netherlands. I saw it fly on my first fpv meeting, 2 years ago and I was duly impressed ! Only close by it could be distinguished from a real bird. Can you see which one is the real one ?
He also has a bald eagle :
So apparently the DIY market are ahead in design just not grace. Frankly the fact that our manufacturing has reached this has amazed me but having it fly with such grace (unlike the DIY version) is just dumbfounding. 450g is my LiPo and APM :S not sure an autonomous DIY one will happen quite yet :D
DARPA funded hummingbird shows even more is possible
@u4eake - there is a huge difference between the Netherlands one and the TED one. The one you showed is an insect-like flapping wing. The TED one is very amazing. The bird wing is creating both lift and thrust. The inner wing is generating lift, and the outer wing is generating thrust. I haven't seen one before this TED video. Simply amazing.
Refer to a book called Fixed and Flapping Wing Aerodynamics... You'll see how different they are.
The bird in the TED video is amazing. I saw a documentary on the making of that bird. At the end, they take it to the beach and fly it with real seagulls. The real seagulls didn't seem to know that it wasn't a real bird. They all mingled in the air together.
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