Researchers solve the mystery of how the albatross can fly 500 miles with just a few flaps and say it could revolutionise drone design - Daily Mail
The albatross is one of the most efficient travelers in the animal world, and one species - the wandering albatross - can fly almost 500 miles (804 kilometers) in a day with just an occasional flap of its wings.
The birds have a large wingspan of up to 11 feet (3.4 meters) across to catch and ride the wind, and soar and dive between contrasting currents of air, a flight pattern called dynamic soaring - comparable to riding a sidewinding rollercoaster.
Now, engineers at MIT have developed a new model to simulate this dynamic soaring, and have used it to identify the optimal flight pattern... write journalists from Daily Mail read more news | read original article
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