For now, the bird-drone prototype can fly for a maximum of 20 minutes, scientists told Reuters.
The research has nothing to do with the Gen Z conspiracy that “Birds aren’t real,” a project leader told Insider
Mostafa Hassanalian, a professor of mechanical engineering who led the project at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, said the team became interested in the dead birds after mechanical bird drones did not produce good results.
“We had this idea that we could use … dead birds and turn them into a drone,” Hassanalian, who has studied drones for a long time, told Reuters. “We do reverse engineering,” he explains.
Scientists hope to use them to study the formations and flight patterns of birds, which in turn can be applied to the aviation industry, Hassanalian told Reuters. The stuffed bird drones are currently being tested at the university in a custom cage, according to the publication.
“If we learn how these birds manage energy among themselves, we can apply (this) in the future aviation industry to save more energy and more fuel,” Hassanalian said.
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