The AirPenguins, which fly as a group, accurately simulate the movements of their natural counterparts: thanks to their 3-D structure with Fin Ray Effect® at the front and back, they glide through the water just like real penguins. Their passively twisting flippers enable the penguins to fly both forwards and backwards. The buoyancy of the ultra-light AirPenguins is assured by way of a helium-filled ballonet.
Autonomous systems with collective behaviour
The group of three autonomously flying penguins floats through a defined area of space, which is mapped by ultrasound transmission stations. The penguins move about freely within this space. A microcontroller enables the penguins to explore the space independently, or within a defined set of parameters.