Newer drone designs have something in common, no matter where they come from. They all draw inspiration from nature’s designs – the birds, bats, and insects. These designs help drones fly longer periods of time, while others make it possible to land without a lot of room. Some designs even add durability to drones in the event they crash down.
Insect Center of Gravity
A new design from Purdue Universitydraws inspiration from insects as well. Here, the drone can change its wing formation and angle to adapt against wind resistance. Insects can change their wing angles to fly better in harsher conditions. The change in angle readjusts the insect’s (or in this case, the drone’s) center of gravity. Adapting your center of gravity to changes in wind resistance is the key to maneuvering. This ability improves the drone’s performance while flying, while also ensuring it can arrive at its destination no matter the weather.
Cargo Carrying Capacity
Some insects tend to carry prey to their nests as well while flying. It all boils down to the center of gravity again. An insect carrying items need to adjust in mid-air in case of trouble. The insect can change its center of gravity to ensure that the package remains secure. For drones, being able to carry cargo while maintaining control during flight is a key aspect to have. This means a more guaranteed form of transport even during storms. Even without harsh weather, being able to adjust during flight creates a more stable courier for items.
Insect Essence of Speed
Changing the wing angles can also improve the drone’s speed. It can change its design to minimize wind resistance. This means the drone can travel through windy scenarios faster. It also preserves excess battery life one may have used trying to force through the strong resistance in the weather.
Of course, the drone is still in its testing phase, so you may want to watch out for it in the near future.