On the Swiss EPFL Know-how Institute, a drone has been geared up with feathers to extend its precision throughout flight. The bio-inspired system can unfold or shut its wings whereas flying, making it simpler to maneuver and extra resistant in excessive winds. After fastidiously observing birds in flight, researchers from the EPFL Laboratory of Clever Methods got here up with the concept of constructing an energy-efficient winged drone able to altering its wingspan, flying at excessive pace and shifting by way of tight areas. The staff developed a drone fitted with maneuverable quill feathers that operate like the massive quill feathers of a fowl positioned on the fringe of the wing. The drone’s synthetic feathers are product of fiberglass and coated in a sturdy nylon material. The researchers found that the drone didn’t want ailerons to assist the airborne drone flip. “By altering the wingspan and floor space throughout flight, we might make it flip mechanically,” mentioned analysis chief Dario Floreano, head of the Laboratory of Clever Methods. The feather-winged drone’s huge aeronautical benefit over typical drones is its capability to adapt to wind situations. That would show notably invaluable at low altitudes in city environments the place winds change quickly, Floreano mentioned. Watch a video here. For particulars, see the report on Electronics360.globalspec.com.