More Aeronautical Engineering Innovation from the University of Maryland

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ARTICLE: Robotic Bird’s Independently Controllable Wings Makes More Realistic Flight Maneuvers Possible

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The University of Maryland’s Institute for Systems Research in the A. James Clark School of Engineering is a hot bed of aviation innovation. The scholars/students at UMD made a brilliant design that satisfied two of the Sikorsky Prize requirements.

Now, Professors S. K. Gupta and Hugh Bruck and their students have developed and demonstrated a new robotic bird, “Robo Raven.” What is particularly impressive about their bird is that its wings flap completely independently of each other. This “Terp” bird also can be programmed to perform any desired maneuvers.

As they say at the University, “Fear the Turtle”, now their motto might be “Watch the Bird.”

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