Bat Bot Is A Robot That Flies Like The Real Thing

Posted: Feb 2 2017, 5:49am CST | by , Updated: Feb 2 2017, 8:33am CST, in News | Latest Science News

 

This Bat Bot Robot Fly Like Real Bat
 

New robot, B2 will fly just like a bat

Scientists and engineers have been interested in bats for ages due to bats’characteristics and unrivaled agility. Scientists are more attracted to bats’ wing formation because the wings have active and passive joints including more than 40. The wings affected technological changes in robot modeling and design.

Researchers recently created a robotic bat at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Caltech. The bat is named Bat Bot (B2), and it has soft wings mimicking the flight mechanism of real bats.

The robot has an advanced design, and it’s the first robot bat so far, said Alireza Ramezani, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois who is the first author of the cover article. "A Biomimetic Robotic Platform to Study Flight Specializations of Bats," that published in AAAS Science Robotics on Feb 1.

The weight of the robot bat is 93 grams having wings conformations and design structure just like biological bats. The authors of the research also collaborated with the Brown University professors Kenneth Breuer and Sharon Swartz, who are experts on bat flight.

Chung, the designer said that we have designed the scheme to copy real bats flight patron. Chung is not only a designer but also a research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which Caltech manages for NASA. 

Research shows that bats are famous for most sophisticated flight among other animals, because their wings change the shape. Bats fly with their 40 joints that interlock their muscles and bones with each other and create a musculoskeletal system that changes the shape and causes movement in different directions.

B2 is better than other aerial robots, like quadrotors.  In the robot, the designers reduced the joints from 40 to 9 of which 5 are active and 4 are passive flexible material is used while making robotic bat wings that can fly without getting damaged. The robot has a silicon based skin and morphing skeleton array that help robot to change its structure in the air.

Scientists say that the robotic bats will also improve the energy efficiency of current aerial robots. B2 are also less noisy than aerial robots, because high speed rotors are not used in its formation that cause loud sounds like aerial robots.

B2 can’t yet carry heavy packages, but in future the Bat Bot will have better energy efficiency and safety to deliver a drone package. The robot will also help scientists study the biological qualities of the bat flight.

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