Talos Perdix Ornithopter Design
Ornithopter: A machine designed to fly by means of flapping wings (Oxford Dictionary).
Ornithopters will be the vehicles of choice for future generations.
What we do
We publish the quarterly newsletter: Flapping Wings.
It covers the work of amateurs and professionals regarding the latest ideas, developments, and items of interest with regard to Ornithopters.
We also teach the latest theory and ideas on 'big size' ornithopters with our Elements of Ornithopter Design course.
A brief note from the course can be found by clicking the Course Note tab in the navigation box above.
We try to change these Course notes every week.
Airplanes have been around for more than 100 years, but ornithopters are relatively new.
We aim to advance the understanding of ornithopter theory, flight and construction. We believe this will lead to 'manned ornithopter aircraft' becoming popular vehicles of choice for future generations (i.e., the next century, and beyond).
Affordable 'manned' ornithopters costing less than a motor car, and capable of being flown by most of us, is our aim.
It will soon be possible to use solar cells on the wings to charge batteries that will power big size ornithopters capable of carrying people. This will make flight inexpensive because the fuel (sunlight) will be free and maintenance of a personal ornithopter can be carried out by the owner just like the maintenance of a bicycle.
The longest flight using human power
The longest flight using human power was carried out in 1988 by Kanelos Kanelopoulos (a Greek cycling champion), when he flew a fixed-wing aircraft from Crete to the island of Santorini, a distance of 71 miles in under four hours. His aircraft was named Daedalus, in commemoration of a Greek mythological flight from Crete to Santorini
However, no one has flown a human powered ornithopter that can fly like a bird, unassisted, from the ground up.
Introduction to the Elements of Ornithopter Design
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