Flying Robot Emulates Bird-Like Motion

Engineers at Stanford University have created a bird-like robot they can control to fly and perch, mimicking the motion of a peregrine falcon.

“It’s not easy to mimic how birds fly and perch,” said graduate student, William Roderick, PhD ’20 . “After millions of years of evolution, they make takeoff and landing look so easy, even among all of the complexity and variability of the tree branches you would find in a forest.”