Faculty Advisor

Popovic, Marko B.

Abstract

The objective for this project is to design and implement an ornithopter capable of short-distance flight. An ornithopter is a robot that flies in a manner similar to a bird by generating flapping wing motion. Ornithopters can be more efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly in comparison to fixed-wing aircrafts. This ornithopter has been developed by observation of both natural and man-made fliers, as well as previous academic projects. Goals for this project include being capable of maneuvering around and over obstacles by adjusting pitch, yaw, and roll, able to glide for five seconds under its own power, skillful at alternating between flapping and gliding with minimal disruption of flight pattern and being durable enough to withstand impacts with minimal to no damage.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2016

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Computer Science

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

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