Stanford’s New Wind Tunnel Helps Study Birds in the Name Of Drones

By: | April 25th, 2016

As drones continue to rise in popularity, new methods of testing are also being created.

Stanford engineers developed a wind tunnel specifically designed to help better understand how birds deal with turbulence during flight, in an effort to improve autonomous aircraft.

By studying how birds adapt to different wind conditions in a controlled environment, Stanford researchers hope to reduce the number of drones that fall out of the sky under the same conditions.

In the video below, Stanford engineering professor David Lentink explains what he hopes to accomplish by applying the magic of bird flight to drones.

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