Pentagon Seeks Laser-Powered Bat Drones
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Tag: biomimicry, drones, imitation, military, robots
On Wednesday, the the Defense Enterprise Science Initiative, or DESI, announced a competition for basic science grants to build “new paradigms for autonomous flight, with a focus on highly-maneuverable platforms and algorithms for flight control and decision making.”
Biomimetic, or nature-imitating, designs for crawling, slinking and even swimming robots go back decades.
But getting flying machines to mimic nature is a good deal more difficult and more complicated than teaching robots to swim and crawl, which is why even the military’s smallest drones have followed conventional aerodynamic designs.