A drone that flies like a bird
A drone developed by Dario Floreano’s team in Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, is geared toward flying more like a bird than like small helicopters, as most available multi-rotors currently do.
Floreano and his team wanted to develop a bio-inspired drone that could meet various aerodynamic requirements. It had to be capable of flying between obstacles, making sharp turns and coping with strong winds. By changing its geometry mid-flight, their drone can meet all these criteria. The moving part is located on the outer wings. It works like a bird’s quill feathers, which are the large feathers at the edge of the wing.