Team of U.S. scientists is turning dead birds into drones to study flight techniques that may help the aviation industry

April 18, 2023
For now, the bird drone prototype can fly for a maximum of 20 minutes, Katie Balevic reports for Business Insider.

SOCORRO, N.M. - The birds aren't real, but their bodies are. A research team in New Mexico is converting taxidermic birds into drones in order to study flight patterns, Reuters reported. Continue reading original article.

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18 April 2023 - Scientists, Business Insider says, will use the bird drones to study flight patters and formations with the goal of utilizing that information in aviation designs.

"We came up with this idea that we can use ... dead birds and make them (into) a drone," Mostafa Hassanalian, a mechanical engineering professor leading the project at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and who has extensively studied drones, told Reuters. "Everything is there. We do reverse engineering."

"If we learn how these birds manage energy between themselves, we can apply (that) into the future aviation industry to save more energy and save more fuel," Hassanalian said.

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