9 Drones Inspired by Nature

Seabird-Inspired Robot Flies and Swims

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common guillemot photo
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The unusual abilities of the common guillemot have proven to be inspiration for a drone that not only flies but swims. It can fly over the water with straight wings, but when it dives into the water to catch it's prey, it swims with bent wings which reduces drag. Richard Lock, Dr. Ravi Vaidyanathan and their team looked into this subtle but important shift and are using their calculations and discoveries to design a robotic vehicle with a similar morphing wing.