On YouTube, Materialise looks at the 3D printed remote-controlled birds of prey created by Dutch company Clear Flight Solutions. The idea is to provide an environmentally friendly way to discourage bird presence in certain areas, such as airports or waste management facilities.
You may recall the emergency landing of the US Airways Airbus A320 on the Hudson River on the 15th of January 2009 after the aircraft had collided with a flock of geese. Thanks to the the pilot’s exceptional skills, all passengers and crew survived the crash.
Bird strikes happen regularly, and the problems are increasing due to growing bird populations, faster and quieter airplanes, and a growing number of flights worldwide. The surroundings of airports are another factor: these are often close to water or surrounded by agricultural fields.
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