Cyborg insects generate power for their own neural control
'Cicadas': US military's new swarm of mini-drones
US military scientists have invented a miniature drone that fits in the palm of a hand, ready to be dropped from the sky like a mobile phone with wings.
Flapping micro air vehicles inspired by swifts
Scientists have designed a micro aircraft that will be able to flap, glide and hover like a bird.
Unique new MAV operates with high aerodynamic efficiency
A French researcher, funded by the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development, in London, England and the French DoD has designed a rugged micro air vehicle (MAV) that is attractive to the U.S. ...
Flying MAV Navigates Without GPS (w/ Video)
Tiny micro air vehicles may someday explore and detect environmental hazards
Dr. Robert Wood of Harvard University is leading the way in what could become the next phase of high-performance micro air vehicles for the Air Force.
Scientists study hummingbirds flight to develop self-propelled surveillance devices
The secret to the flight of the hummingbird and other tiny birds and insects lies in the looping, swirling flow of air, called a vortex, that their flapping wings create.
Robot dragonfly DelFly Explorer avoids obstacles by itself (w/ Video)
TU Delft researchers have developed the DelFly Explorer, the world's first Micro Air Vehicle with flapping wings that can avoid obstacles by itself. The uniqueness of this achievement lies in the DelFly Explorer's ...
3-D video from inside flying insects
The flight muscles moving inside flies have been filmed for the first time using a new 3D X-ray scanning technique.
Giving Robotic Flight More Buzz: Bee Study Could Improve Micro Air Vehicle Agility in Wind Gusts
(PhysOrg.com) -- Not every engineering dean wants a live bee colony outside of his office, but such is the case at the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Flexible wings driven by simple oscillation may be viable for efficient micro air vehicles
In the future, tiny air vehicles may be able to fly through cracks in concrete to search for earthquake victims, explore a contaminated building or conduct surveillance missions for the military. But today, ...
Pioneering flight of 'Robo Raven' is major breakthrough for micro air vehicles
(Phys.org) —In this age of advanced technology, how hard could it be to develop a robotic bird that flies by flapping its wings? Despite the apparent simplicity of the idea, it's very hard—if you want ...
Collapsible wings help birds cope with turbulence
Collapsible wings may be a bird's answer to turbulence according to an Oxford University study in which an eagle carried its own 'black box' flight recorder on its back.
Bats inspire 'micro air vehicle' designs
By exploring how creatures in nature are able to fly by flapping their wings, Virginia Tech researchers hope to apply that knowledge toward designing small flying vehicles known as "micro air vehicles" with ...