Unveiling Aerodynamic Secrets from Gliding Snakes – Inspiration for Flying Robot Design

Aerodynamics of gliding serpents may inspire future flying robots

Computational modelling reveals a hidden mechanism that allows glides up to hundreds of feet.

According to a new study published in Physics of Fluids today (Dec.13), scientists are thinking of ways to build robots that mimic the gliding motion of a flying snake.

Undulations encourage lifting.


Researchers expect that their findings will help us better understand gliding motion, and lead to a more efficient design for future airborne robot snakes.