The dream of being able to fly is one of the oldest human dreams. We have always been fascinated by the animal world, which shows in all sorts of ways how flying is done. In the Bionic Learning Network, too, flying is a recurring theme. For years, Festo, in association with universities, institutes and development companies, has been developing research platforms whose basic technical principles are based on nature.
BionicFlyingFox: whilst in flight, a master computer compares the target flight paths of the artificial flying fox with the actual ones. Using machine learning, it adjusts these ever more effectively.
However different the flying behaviour of animals in the natural world may be, when transferring it to technology, the major challenges are always the lightweight design and functional integration. With the BionicFlyingFox, whose articulation points of the heavily loaded kinematic system are all on one plane so that the wings can be folded like scissors, Festo has now deciphered all the different types of flying found in the animal world. But nature provides many other unique solutions which will inspire the bionics team to find new technical solutions in the future.