by Douglas Black, enerficiency, November 7, 2012
Now If We Could Just get Them To Carry Loudspeakers Blasting Out A Flying V Riff!
Imagine, if you will, 100,000 palm sized metallic demons, controlled by an intelligent being (human or android) all on a synchronized mission, not unlike a biblical cloud of locusts descending upon its unwilling target. just imaging Apocalypse Now and the Hueys,with the loudspeakers blasting out Wagner.
TechJet’s DRAGONFLY is one of those breakthrough products that does what all others have been trying to do thus far. Namely, the culmination of four years of research and development at Georgia Tech, assisted by US$1 million in funding from the U.S. Air Force. TechJect is a spinoff out of Georgia Tech’s Robotics & Intelligent Machines (RIM) Department that was created to bring the Dragonfly and other robotic flyers to market. To that end, the TechJect team has turned to crowdfunding site indiegogo to help get the Dragonfly off the ground.
Here is what my friends at Gizmag has to say..
Given their impressive flight capabilities, it’s not surprising to see researchers turning to the world of flying insects for inspiration when developing new kinds of micro UAVs. With their ability to both fly at high speeds and hover, the dragonfly would seem an obvious candidate forbiomimicry, but we hadn’t seen any attempts to model a micro UAV on the dragonfly’s four wing design – until now.
A multi-disciplinary team from Georgia Tech has developed a robotic four-winged ornithopter called the TechJect Dragonfly that fits in the palm of a hand and combines the flight capabilities of a quadricopter, helicopter and fixed wing aircraft in one.
As well as borrowing its wing design from its biological namesake, the Dragonfly is also similar in size, measuring 15 cm (6 in) long. It weighs around 25 g (0.88 oz) and is powered by a 250 mAh lithium polymer battery that provides hover times of 8-10 minute
I’ll bet Bose could come up with a 100k system that would blow you away with an array flying overhead, a great intro for any rock concert.
Pigs On The Wing got nothin’ on Swarm Of Locusts (with loudspeakers).
Having more than 30 years experience in the green and sustainable building field, Douglas Black has dedicated the past 20 years to energy efficiency in the built environment.
Mr. Black is a high performance car enthusiast, always with an ear to the pavement for what’s fast and new. He began blogging enerficiency On The Road in 2001, and now continues reporting from Auto Shows and Swap Meets at his Hot Flying Rats! blog – flyingratz.wordpress.com.
Photography is a lifelong passion for Douglas Black, and while not capturing enthusiastic smiles at Wrigley Field and other sports venues around Chicago, he captures moments in the built environment.
And in his spare time, he works on getting that Captains License, expecting to retire on the water one day, taking photos.