The DelFly

Design, Aerodynamics, and Artificial Intelligence of a Flapping Wing Robot

  • G.C.H.E. de Croon
  • M. Perçin
  • B.D.W. Remes
  • R. Ruijsink
  • C. De Wagter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. G. C. H. E. de Croon, M. Perçin, B. D. W. Remes , R. Ruijsink, C. De Wagter
    Pages 1-6
  3. Design and Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. G. C. H. E. de Croon, M. Perçin, B. D. W. Remes , R. Ruijsink, C. De Wagter
      Pages 9-29
    3. G. C. H. E. de Croon, M. Perçin, B. D. W. Remes , R. Ruijsink, C. De Wagter
      Pages 31-39
    4. G. C. H. E. de Croon, M. Perçin, B. D. W. Remes , R. Ruijsink, C. De Wagter
      Pages 41-54
  4. Aerodynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. G. C. H. E. de Croon, M. Perçin, B. D. W. Remes , R. Ruijsink, C. De Wagter
      Pages 57-80
    3. G. C. H. E. de Croon, M. Perçin, B. D. W. Remes , R. Ruijsink, C. De Wagter
      Pages 81-121
  5. Autonomous Flight

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. G. C. H. E. de Croon, M. Perçin, B. D. W. Remes , R. Ruijsink, C. De Wagter
      Pages 125-138
    3. G. C. H. E. de Croon, M. Perçin, B. D. W. Remes , R. Ruijsink, C. De Wagter
      Pages 139-165
    4. G. C. H. E. de Croon, M. Perçin, B. D. W. Remes , R. Ruijsink, C. De Wagter
      Pages 167-177
    5. G. C. H. E. de Croon, M. Perçin, B. D. W. Remes , R. Ruijsink, C. De Wagter
      Pages 179-196
  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. G. C. H. E. de Croon, M. Perçin, B. D. W. Remes , R. Ruijsink, C. De Wagter
      Pages 199-207
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 209-218

About this book

Introduction

This book introduces the topics most relevant to autonomously flying flapping wing robots: flapping-wing design, aerodynamics, and artificial intelligence. Readers can explore these topics in the context of the "Delfly", a flapping wing robot designed at Delft University in The Netherlands.

How are tiny fruit flies able to lift their weight, avoid obstacles and predators, and find food or shelter? The first step in emulating this is the creation of a micro flapping wing robot that flies by itself. The challenges are considerable: the design and aerodynamics of flapping wings are still active areas of scientific research, whilst artificial intelligence is subject to extreme limitations deriving from the few sensors and minimal processing onboard.

This book conveys the essential insights that lie behind success such as the DelFly Micro and the DelFly Explorer. The DelFly Micro, with its 3.07 grams and 10 cm wing span, is still the smallest flapping wing MAV in the world carrying a camera, whilst the DelFly Explorer is the world's first flapping wing MAV that is able to fly completely autonomously in unknown environments. The DelFly project started in 2005 and ever since has served as inspiration, not only to many scientific flapping wing studies, but also the design of flapping wing toys.

The combination of introductions to relevant fields, practical insights and scientific experiments from the DelFly project make this book a must-read for all flapping wing enthusiasts, be they students, researchers, or engineers.

Keywords

Micro Air Vehicle Flapping Wing Bio-Inspired Flying Robots Autonomous Flight Vision-Based Control Indoor Navigation Micro-Electronics for Flying Robots Design Unsteady Aerodynamics Micro Aerial Vehicle

Authors and affiliations

  • G.C.H.E. de Croon
    • 1
  • M. Perçin
    • 2
  • B.D.W. Remes
    • 3
  • R. Ruijsink
    • 4
  • C. De Wagter
    • 5
  1. 1.Department Control and Operations Faculty of Aerospace EngineeringDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Aerospace EngineeringDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Micro Air Vehicle LabDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Faculty Aerospace EngineeringDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Micro Air Vehicle LabDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9208-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Bussiness Media Dordrecht 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-9207-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-9208-0
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