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Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has unveiled an aircraft concept with a design that bears a striking resemblance to a bird of prey.”
The design is aimed at motivating the next generation of aeronautics, said Airbus. “Theoretical design of a hybrid, electric, turbo-prop aircraft for regional air transportation,” he said in a statement. “Inspired by the efficient mechanics of a bird’s wings and tail structures, which are similar to those of a bird of prey, and with individually adjustable springs that allow for active flight control.”
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The ‘bird of prey’ concept of the design.
The design is not meant to look like a real aircraft, according to Airbus, which says that it is a concept that is based on real-world ideas. “It is a feature of a blended-wing-to-fuselage connection, which mirrors the graceful and aerodynamic arc of a great eagle, or a falcon,” the company explains. In this case, highlights the importance of biomimicry, where nature inspires the design of materials, structures and systems in place.
The concept was launched at The Royal International Air Tattoo event at RAF Fairford in the uk.
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Airbus has been looking to nature for inspiration for the A350 XWB family of passenger jets. “We know from our work on the A350 XWB passenger aircraft by means of biomimicry, nature has provided some of the best lessons that we can learn more about the design, as he said, in a statement. This information may include, for example, of an adaptive wing design, which was inspired by the birds.
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