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Hummingbirds edge out helicopters in hover contest

14 August 2014

Hummingbird drinking from flower

When it comes to flight, nature just has the edge on engineers. This is according to a study comparing hummingbirds with one of the world's most advanced micro-helicopters.

Researchers compared the birds' performance to an advanced micro-drone called the Black Hornet – a 16g helicopter used for surveillance by British troops in Afghanistan. 

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  • Characteristics of technology: Use this and other examples to identify and categorise knowledge and skills from technology and other disciplines that have informed decisions in technological development and manufacture. (level 4)
  • Characteristics of technological outcomes: Use this and other examples to explain why a technological outcome could be called a “good” or “bad” design. (level 3)


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Keywords: hummingbird, drones, electronics, digital, characteristics of technological outcomes, characteristics of technology, biomimicry

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