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Robo Raven gets in a flap with real-life hawk

Researchers from the University of Maryland have built a new micro air vehicle dubbed Robo Raven that's such a convincing flyer, it's been attacked by a local hawk during testing, according to the university.


Though numerous other robotic birds have successfully taken to the skies in recent years, this one is capable of impressive complex aerobatic maneuvers thanks to completely programmable wings that can flap independently of each other, according to the researchers.

Watch the video below to see Robo Raven take flight and click here to read more.

 

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Researchers from the University of Maryland have built a new micro air vehicle dubbed Robo Raven. (Photo credit: University of Maryland.


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Robo Raven uses two programmable actuators that can be electronically synchronized to coordinate motion between the two wings. Photo credit: University of Maryland.