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Robotic Falcon Will Chase Birds

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Posted May 17, 2017

It is very important for airport to handle birds, that they wouldn’t smack into flying aircraft or be sucked into the engine. Most of airports uses lasers and recordings of predator bird. A robotic falcon known as Robird will also enter service in the Canada’s Edmonton International Airport. It was developed at the University of Twente and is now being produced by a company Clear Flight Solutions.

Along with other drones which will be used for purposes such as mapping, the Robird flies similar to a real falcon. It has a maximum air speed of 80 km/h, and is so realistic that other birds are fooled that one of their key predators flies around. Remotely piloted by a operator, it will be used to scare birds away from air traffic, and to keep them out from nesting nearby. Robird can be seen in action, in the video below.

Sources: University of Twente, Clear Flight Solutions

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