Robotic Swallowtail Takes Flight
Swallowtail butterflies have larger wings than average ones and researchers Hiroto Tanaka and Isao Shimoyama have been studying them. The end result is this ornithopter that can flap its wings and fly without the aerodynamic forces used by other butterflies. While it may be a while before the technology is utilized in future aircraft, there is something quite amazing in watching this bugbot take flight.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at May 27, 2010 9:15 AM