November 7, 2001
The first limited flight of the smallest-ever flapping-wing machine has been achieved by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley’s RoboFly has a wingspan of just three centimeters and weighs 300 milligrams. It is modeled on a fruit fly, which flaps and rotates its wings hundreds of times per second.
The inaugural flight was just 30 centimeters and used one wing, while the robot was tethered to… read more