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Made by Canadian Engineers (23 pics + 1 video)

Posted in Pictures   1 Oct 2010   / 6779 views

Inside this post you can see the world’s first flying ornithopter. If you want to see how this “Snowbird” thing works, watch the video.

 

Canadians have constructed ornithopter, an aircraft that flies by flapping its wings. Engineering PhD candidate at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies Todd Reichert has finally achieved a feat that has eluded humanity's finest engineers since the time of Leonardo da Vinci who sketched a machine, powered by a human pilot's muscles. He has even piloted this machine making it flying 19.3 seconds, and covering a distance of 145 meters at an average speed of 25.6 kilometers per hour.

The ornithopter’s name is the “Snowbird”. It is constructed mainly from wire, carbon fiber, and wood. Its weight is only 94lb (42 kilograms) despite having a 105-foot wingspan comparable to that of a Boeing 737. Its pilot powers the flapping wings by pedaling like a cyclist, one of the most efficient ways to generate energy using the human body.

 



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ashkibala 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
wow that is great. and can the pilot control the direction or go up or down or it is just like that?
       
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xxx 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
I want one!
       
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poplawa 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
That didn't do up at all! It just kept on falling down...
       
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Peanut 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Yowza! Let's hear it for our Canadian boys, eh!
       
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AMAZING!
       
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Apu Kalipshis 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
what? ha you need a car to pull it, a long wings make posible the aircraft go a long sky gliding pfff
       
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4down2 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Wright Brothers forgot the windshield wipers..yeah !
       














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