Monday, April 22, 2013

Dragon Copter

(Video linkFesto has built a working model ornithopter called a BionicOpter. Like the dragonfly it is based on, it can fly in all directions, hover in mid-air, and glide. 

I have always been fascinated by the idea of dragonfly ornithopters. Here is Arthur Denison's steam-powered dragoncopter from Dinotopia: The World Beneath (1995). Even though the dragonfly is a very ancient design, it's one of the most agile fliers among insects.

(link to video) The aerodynamics are suggested in this computer simulation from Wright State University.
Thanks, Luke Davis 
Previously on GJ: 


RobNonStop said...

Amazing Slow Motion video of Damselfly accidentally recorded:

They are similar to Dragonflies but have somewhat different eyes and wings.

P.T. Waugh said...

This made me think of The World Beneath.

James Gurney said...

Awesome! Thanks for these cool links.

jeff jordan said...

That's GREAT! Now if he could just adapt it to steam power............