Lightweight construction and functional integration make it possible. Our Bionic Learning Network has incorporated the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly into the technology for the BionicOpter. Like its natural role model, the ultralight flying object can manoeuvre through space in all directions, hover on the spot and glide without flapping its wings. This means that for the first time, a model can master more states of flight than a helicopter, a motorised aircraft and a glider combined.
In addition to controlling the shared flapping frequency and the rotation of the individual wings, amplitude control is used in each of the four wings. The pivoting of the wings determines the direction of thrust. Amplitude control is used to regulate the amount of thrust. When these are combined, the smartphone-controlled dragonfly can assume almost any position in the space.
Whether in cutting-edge bionic technology solutions or in day-to-day industry, we believe that the principle of ongoing diagnosis guarantees operational reliability and process stability. During flight, software therefore continuously records sensor data, evaluates it in real time and thereby recognises complex events and critical states.
Individually controlled: the nine degrees of freedom of the wings mean that each of them can be specifically set and moved