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Biomimetic flapping-wing micro air vehicles

A tail-less, biomimetric flapping-wing micro air vehicle that achieves multiple degrees of freedom without adding mechanical actuators

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Biomimetic Flapping-Wing Micro Air VehiclesInspired by nature, Air Force researchers have designed and developed a tail-less, biomimetic flapping-wing micro air vehicle (FWMAV) that is controlled through the motion of the flapping wings.

By manipulating a few variables that govern the periodic motion of two wings, the time-averaged forces and moments that are applied to the FWMAV can be directly controlled.

A resulting implication is that the number of vehicle degrees of freedom controlled can exceed the number of actuators that physically exist on the FWMAV, thereby shifting complexity from mechanical elements to software.

Present levels of development allow roll and yaw rotations and horizontal and vertical translations to be controlled using two brushless direct current motors or piezoelectric actuators that drive each wing independently.

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