The Aerodynamics of Free-Flight Maneuvers in Drosophila

@article{Fry2003TheAO,
  title={The Aerodynamics of Free-Flight Maneuvers in Drosophila},
  author={S. N. Fry and Rosalyn W. Sayaman and M. Dickinson},
  journal={Science},
  year={2003},
  volume={300},
  pages={495 - 498}
}
Using three-dimensional infrared high-speed video, we captured the wing and body kinematics of free-flying fruit flies as they performed rapid flight maneuvers. We then “replayed” the wing kinematics on a dynamically scaled robotic model to measure the aerodynamic forces produced by the wings. The results show that a fly generates rapid turns with surprisingly subtle modifications in wing motion, which nonetheless generate sufficient torque for the fly to rotate its body through each turn. The… Expand

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