|Credit: Breuer and Swartz labs/Brown University|
Scientists at Brown University have developed a robotic bat wing that can aid in the design of a small planes. The strong, powerful wings of a bat can flap slower or faster, turn one way or another or many other aerial maneuvers. Because a bat can quickly make these change in flight, scientists have a difficult time studying the creatures. The robotic wing will help researchers understand the musculature, elasticity and functions of a bat wing. These lessons can also be applied to the design of small aircraft.