Festo’s BionicOpter: Dragonfly-Inspired Remote-Controlled Copter

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

The BionicOpter by pneumatic and electric automation company Festo mechanically mimics every aspect of flight from a dragonfly.

With the BionicOpter, Festo has technically mastered the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly. Just like its model in nature, this ultralight flying object can fly in all directions, hover in mid-air and glide without beating its wings.

Thirteen degrees of freedom for unique flight manoeuvres

In addition to control of the shared flapping frequency and twisting of the individual wings, each of the four wings also features an amplitude controller. The tilt of the wings determines the direction of thrust. Amplitude control allows the intensity of the thrust to be regulated. When combined, the remote-controlled dragonfly can assume almost any position in space.

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