Isn’t it fun when science and technology come together?
In this case we’re talking about biology. Biology – specifically how things already work in the natural world – can teach us how to manufacture more efficient machines. Especially machines designed for flight.
“Biology has taught us a huge amount about flight,”‘ says Kenny Breuer, professor of engineering at Brown University.
“We’re trying to understand that so we can inspire micro-air vehicles for future Air Force applications.”
So how are they doing that? By using lasers and bats, of course. Wait, what?
“The animals fly and we take their video at very high speed so we can really see the detail. At the same time we shine a laser behind them so that we can see the motion of the air that the animals make as they fly.”
I hope they call these things the Flying Bat-a-tron 6000. Because that would be cool, that’s why.
Information for this story provided by the Air Force Research Laboratory YouTube Channel
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