Robird Drone Looks and Flies like the Real Thing

Birds are troublesome lots, causing nuisance and dangers like straying into paths of aircrafts, eat crops and some even spread diseases in large numbers at landfills. People have tried scaring them away in various kinds of strategies, but numerous times to no avail. Technology company in Netherlands, Clear Flight Solutions, came up with a solution to keep birds away from farms and airports.

Robird drone look exactly like a falcon and flies exactly like one too. The drone is the brainchild of Nico Nijenhuis from Clear Flight Solutions. It can be controlled remotely. According to the designers, this artificial predator birds can fly around problem areas, scaring other birds away, as it is their natural instinct to flee from predator birds. The creators also claim that the artificial bird can be controlled by operators on the ground with a remote control.

Robird will be stationed at Edmonton International Airport, chasing down birds that pose dangers and threats to aircrafts. “Birds can get habituated, especially if there isn’t any kind of lethal reinforcement, but they’re hard-wired to respond to a predator,” airport wildlife specialist Jul Wojnowski said Tuesday, “they react to preserve themselves and fly off to seek shelter.”

The 750-gram Robird has a body length measuring 58cm (23 in) and a wingspan of 120 cm (47 in). It has a maximum speed of 80 km/h (50 mph) and can go no higher than 122 meters under Transport Canada rules. It can act as a deterrent to birds of up to 3 kg (6.6 lbs). Although it only has a flight time of a mere 12 minutes, it is claimed to be a long enough time to drive most birds away, Calgary’s Aerium Analytics managing director Jordon Cicoria said.

“The birds tend to come back in a couple of hours the first time, but with daily flights you create a predatory range … Birds will eventually move out of the area. My hope is that we will see a reduction in birds using the airfield and the property too,” Wojnowski said, “hopefully, a predator exhibiting hunting behaviour will discourage them.”

You can watch the video below about the Robird project:

[Source: Edmonton Sun]

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