Robotic Dragonfly Helicopter Flies Like Actual Bug
Festo's 'BionicOpter' is a remote-controlled flying object capable of executing the complex flight characteristics of the insect.
- 2 april 2013
Festo has developed the ‘BionicOpter‘, a remote-controlled robot inspired by dragonfly flight. The 44cm long ultralight flying object is capable of executing the intricate movements of the insect with minimal effort from the operator. It marks a significant advancement in the world of electric automation.
The robotic dragonfly, which features an ARM microcontroller, can fly in all directions, hover in mid-air, and glide without beating its wings. This is made possible by the lightweight construction and the integration of functions, with all of the components installed in a tight space and adapted to one another.
Gizmag reports that its four wings are made from polyester membrane covering a carbon fiber frame. They can be twisted up to 90 degrees from the horizontal and each one features an amplitude controller.
The remote-controlled dragonfly enables the company to demonstrate wireless real-time communication, a continuous exchange of information, the ability to combine different sensor evaluations and identify complex events and critical states. You can check out the ‘BionicOpter’ in the video below: