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Hoverbot (does not really fly)

This video describes a small project by Brian Chan and Theresa Guo at the Hatsopoulos Microfluids Laboratory (Building 3, 2nd floor). It is a machine that flaps its wings and indicates the amount of lift generated. The data will be useful to determine how the force varies with a changing wing stroke angle, and thus help us design better flying machines.

Music by Seth Friedman

Advisor: Anette Hosoi

Animator, Director, Writer, Brian Chan
Engineers/Researchers: Brian Chan, Theresa Guo
The Hoverbot designed by Brian Chan,
built by Theresa Guo and Brian Chan.

To learn more about fluid dynamics research at MIT, please visit:

http://web.mit.edu/fluids/www/
http://scripts.mit.edu/~pekowiki/blaise/index.php?title=Main_Page

Comments (4)

It would fly if it had two or three sets of wings.

Posted 6 years by Anonymous User

wow. so cool =D

Posted 6 years by Anonymous User

Smooth.

Posted 6 years by Anonymous User

very cool bot. Does the pitch variations created by the tilt of the “see-saw” moving up and down affect how effective your bot is as it tries to hover? Did you find a true optimum angle or one that works as the body’s pitch fluctuates?

I know this video is more than a year old, but I was just curious. I really like your mechanism for changing the wing angle for each stroke.

Posted over 5 years by sti33w

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