BionicOpter robot behaves like a real dragonfly




BionicOpter robot behaves like a real dragonfly


Dragonflies are very interesting insects that live usually near stagnant waters, or rivers. They have an elongated body and two sets of wings that they flap so fast that it can literally hang in the air. The company Festo Corporation has decided to explore how these insects fly and set up on the basis of the data flying robotic dragonfly.

Small controlled drone called «BionicOpter». And despite its size (length approximately 44 cm), which is just some sort of four to five more average dragonfly robot accurately copies of its behavior, and its wings made ​​of carbon fiber and the film is up to 20 strokes per second.


“With remote-controlled dragonfly, Fresto decided to demonstrate the capabilities of wireless constant streams of data in real time, and the ability of the system autonomously calculate indicators of various sensors and instantly identify the correct path direction in critical situations,”

– Says the company.


It is not known how long a battery of such a robot is working, but since it operates on the ARM-based chip, we can assume that he can fly only a few hours. Despite the fact that the robot can be controlled, it set up so that he chose the direction of flight, based on the information. Otherwise, the robot dragonfly just lose stable flight and fall.


Wireless Data Station, a function that performs this smartphone, the robot sends only information about the frequency of flapping wings, the level of turbulence (each wing has its own controller amplitude) and pitch (determined by the current air resistance). In short, Festo BionicOpter can occupy any position in the air.

It is, however, given that the company did not indicate what specific purposes could be used to robotic dragonfly.
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