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Insect Wings Inspire Drone that can Handle Serious Wind #Drones #Biomimicry

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This new design for drones works well in windy conditions, Via Futurity

A drone delivery is great—on a perfect, sunny day. But what about when it’s windy? Most drones are not able to withstand wind because of their fixed-arm design.

“Our drone design was inspired by the wings and flight patterns of insects,” says Xiumin Diao, an assistant professor in the School of Engineering Technology at Purdue University. “We created a drone design with automatic folding arms that can make in-flight adjustments.”

Diao says the design provides drones with improved stability in windy conditions because the folding arms can move and change the center of gravity of the device during flight. He says the design also makes drones more energy efficient because the movable-arm technology allows for the use of the full range of rotor thrust.

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