Bio-Inspired Wing Design for Small Drones
- Magazine Article
Researchers have designed a new type of wing that could make small, fixed-wing drones far more stable and efficient. The new wing replaces the smooth contour found on the leading edges of most airplane wings with a thick, flat plate and a sharp leading edge. The design has distinct aerodynamic advantages at the scale of small drones. The new wing is far more stable than standard wings in the face of sudden wind gusts and other types of turbulence, which often wreak havoc on small aircraft. The wing also provides an aerodynamically efficient flight that translates into better battery life and longer flight times.