Butterfly-Inspired Flying Robots

Mechanical engineers aim high-speed video cameras at planet's prettiest bugs to obtain flight insights.

 

 

Inside Science Buzzwords:

  1. Micro aerial vehicle (MAV) - an unmanned aerial vehicle that is designed to be small and in some cases may possess the ability to maneuver on its own.
  2. Flight dynamics - the study of how forces, such as gravity and friction, influence a flying object's speed and maneuverability.
  3. Maneuverability - the ability to avoid obstacles and shift positions quickly and easily.