Festo-SmartBird-Aerodynamic (Video)

From YouTube:-
SmartBird is an ultralight but powerful flight model with excellent aerodynamic qualities and extreme agility. With SmartBird, Festo has succeeded in deciphering the flight of birds – one of the oldest dreams of humankind.

This bionic technology-bearer, which is inspired by the herring gull, can start, fly and land autonomously — with no additional drive mechanism. Its wings not only beat up and down, but also twist at specific angles. This is made possible by an active articulated torsional drive unit, which in combination with a complex control system attains an unprecedented level of efficiency in flight operation. Festo has thus succeeded for the first time in creating an energy-efficient technical adaptation of this model from nature.

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9 Responses to Festo-SmartBird-Aerodynamic (Video)

  1. Selma says:

    WOW. The designer has emulated the flight of a bird incredibly well. The wing movements are spot on. I know many little boys (and big boys) who would love to fly one of these at the park!

  2. souldipper says:

    Okay, now build a set of wings that will fit me, please. We’ll eliminate Customs one way or another!

  3. travelrat says:


    Since before the early days of flight, they’ve been experimenting with the ornithopter, always with a spectacular failure, & for years, the thinking was that it couldn’t be did. Looks like ‘they’ have been proved wrong!

    I wonder if this has any practical, peacetime application? The one that springs to mind is an unobtrusive surveillance drone, but I don’t think that’s the best use for the technology.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      That is exactly right, it is great technology, and I’m sure this technology will benefit in the long term, it certainly is a great leap forward.

  4. Rebekah says:

    Wowzer… that is really something! The real thing, the gulls, are always winging their way outside our windows here and I always admire them … how they take advantage of the thermal air currents. This was truly amazing. Hope something good can come out of it!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Rebekah,
      It is amazing, and it seems to glide effortlessly through the air just like a real bird, I’m sure sometime in the future this technology will surely be useful.

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