BioDrones.Animal Dynamics Unmanned Systens Inspired in Biomechanics.

INTRO

BioDrones. Animal Dynamics, a company based in UK, developed Skeeter, a biomechanical drone based on dragonfly biology.

Studying how animals move they are able to achieve significant improvements in the performance and efficiency of vehicles in water, air, and ground travel.

Development in their Lab is via iterative design and testing, using a diverse set of skills and technical insights.

Their iteratively make and test systems, combining the latest electronics, design software and materials to optimise overall results.

Recent advances in computational analysis allow they to build deep insights into how performance gains are achieved.

But not only Skeeter is a product of this company, are currently working on other major projects, all of which are in different stages of development.

 

BioDrones. Animal Dynamics Unmanned Systens Inspired in Biomechanics.
BioDrones. Animal Dynamics Unmanned Systens Inspired in Biomechanics. Stork Delivers UAV to carry large payloads.

 

Stork Delivers

Is a range of autonomous UAVs that are able to carry large payloads over long distances.

By combining parafoil technology with is ground-breaking AI software, Stork can be deployed in real-world conditions to solve real problems and save lives.

 

Key Features

  • High payload capacity

  • Long range

  • VSTOL: very short take-off and landing

  • Robust: damage-tolerant canopy, graceful fail-soft mode, easy repair

  • Autonomous guidance and navigation in both GPS and GPS-denied environments

  • Covert: long range silent glide

  • Fleet capability

 

The company are currently undergoing trials and demonstrations of his smaller Stork vehicles in a number of markets.

Its ability to carry larger payloads over longer distances, operate in challenging conditions and be deployed rapidly means it has the potential to revolutionise the markets of Logistics, Humanitarian Aid, Emergency Response, Defence & Security, Conservation and Agriculture.

Animal Dynamics claims is drone is near indestructible thanks to a tubular metal frame. It flies using a rear-facing propeller and a collapsible parasail.

BioDrones. Animal Dynamics Unmanned Systens Inspired in Biomechanics.
BioDrones. Animal Dynamics Unmanned Systens Inspired in Biomechanics. Skeeter Sees is a flapping wing micro-drone.

 

Skeeter Sees

This drone is a ground-breaking flapping wing micro-drone designed for covert surveillance and surveying tasks.

Based on the body plan of a dragonfly, flapping wing propulsion maximises efficiency and enables gliding and gust tolerance

 

Key Features

  • Small and lightweight: < 200g

  • High endurance

  • High speed

  • Ability to glide and hover

  • Quiet and covert

  • Gust tolerant

  • Autonomous guidance and navigation in both GPS and GPS-denied environments

  • Fleet capability

 

The initial use for Skeeter is as a short-range surveillance platform, for situational awareness – with the ability to operate in high wind conditions and fly longer distances on lower power than existing small UAS.

Small UAS are currently in use by the military, and have proven valuable when weather conditions allow.

Skeeter is designed to extend the capability of small UAS, resulting in a vehicle that can operate in a greater range of conditions.

Animal Dynamics claims the drone is near indestructible thanks to a tubular metal frame.

It flies using a rear-facing propeller and a collapsible parasail.

In particular where small-scale hovering UAS with high gust tolerance, high speed and greater endurance are required.

The drone calso has uses in Search and Rescue, Surveying, Agriculture and Defense Markets.

 

BioDrones. Animal Dynamics Unmanned Systens Inspired in Biomechanics.
BioDrones. Animal Dynamics Unmanned Systens Inspired in Biomechanics. Malolo Swims uses a tuned flapping foil for propulsion.

 

Malolo Swims

This UAV is an innovative water vehicle that uses a tuned flapping foil for propulsion.

Flapping foil propulsion, which we are calling the Lighthill Drive, has the potential to be more efficient than a propeller, and delivers a higher thrust coefficient over a greater range of speeds than a propeller can. 

 

Key Advantages

  • High efficiency

  • Higher thrust coefficient over a wider range of speeds

  • Quiet and covert

  • Less marine damage

  • No cavitation

 

The Malolo craft is designed as a proof point for flapping foil propulsion.

There are numerous further applications for this technology, from small outboard motors, to efficient systems for moving fluid to marine propulsion.

Their key markets is Defence & Security, Logistics and Conservation.

 

CONCLUSION

BioDrones. Fluid dynamics is the key to apply principles of efficient propulsion to renewable energy.

Animal Dynamics are also investigating Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems («KERS»), to can apply the efficiency of natural propulsion and mobility designs to energy harvesting.

Companies like Animal Dynamics are the ones that are going to bring the evolution of the drone market to biodrones, in quDron we highly recommend this company as one of the best assets for very profitable long-term investments.

 

 

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