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WT6: The future of flying

Development of future drones will require combined research efforts from several disciplines. One must consider aerodynamic efficiency as well as aerodynamic stability, and if the stability should be inherent or achieved by control algorithms. New advanced materials (perhaps even “active” materials) should be developed especially for the morphing wing and ornithopter applications (“flapping wings”). In addition, one should consider the propulsion and energy system of the drone (electrical motors, solar cells, batteries etc.) and also that new designs may have complex shapes which need the use of added manufacturing. In the context of ornithopters one should also perform more studies on animal flight. Hence, this collaboration project intends to bring together scientists from several areas, such as aerodynamics, control theory, manufacturing technology, materials engineering, biology, etc.

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