Tuesday, September 28, 2010

First Human Powered Ornithopter


Engineers have succeeded in a short sustained flight by an ultra-lightweight human-powered ornithopter. Instead of using a propellor, the machine propels itself by powered undulations of the wing.

Previously on GJ:
Insect Vehicles
Butterfly Flight Mechanics
Ornithopter Zone
YouTube video of machine-powered "UTIAS" ornithopter

7 comments:

T Arthur Smith said...

Wow... You're ahead of your time James!

Colin Boyer said...

Very cool.

Eric Braddock said...

Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

Dit said...

If Da Vinci could see this! It's amazing and looks so incredibly graceful and fragile.

Thomas-Bo Huusmann said...

Great, Beautiful and 10 thumbs up for The University of Toronto

Thank you for sharing the good vibes.

The Surfin' Squid said...

Wow, that thing is amazing. To see it in flight is beautiful and almost unreal. Thanks for sharing!

buchwalderpenn said...

Stunningly beautiful, makes one appreciate the flight of birds. This thing took a team of brilliant engineers to create, yet birds fly amazing aerobatic maneuvers by instinct. God will always be the supreme designer.