[Bat Bot] Researchers have succeeded in creating a drone imitating the bats flight

Robotics Engineers have created an artificial bat with great flying capabilities. If this progress still requires significant improvements to be used in real conditions, it proves promising in terms of aerial tracking.

A team of robotics engineers from the Caltech University, Illinois, has just made a big breakthrough in flying robots: its latest creation, the Bat Bot, is a model of efficiency. The Professor Soon Jo-Chung team, the project manager, reproduced as closely as possible the bat capacities: "[Their] flight [...] represents the Grail of flying robots."

However, in order to design this unique model, scientists had to compromise on the attributes of a real bat. The 40 joints in each wing of the animal were reduced to 9 (5 active And 4 passive) while its membrane is reproduced in the form of a skeleton consisting of articulations printed in 3D and bones in carbon fiber.


This particularity contributes to the great lightness of the Bat Bot - which weighs only 93 grams - and allows it to operate its wings separately like to fly diagonally or to take sudden turns in the utmost silence.

While the technology used, particularly energy-efficient, is particularly promising in the field of flying robots, traditionally limited to very few different movements, the Bat Bot, which discharges quickly, needs to be improved before it can be used in real conditions. Its attributes make it potentially the ideal tool for aerial tracking missions, whether locating fires or participating in rescue operations.

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