S-1 Robotic Bird is a flying, radio-controlled (RC) ornithopter
that you build yourself. Of
course it flies by flapping wings. But the S-1 Robotic Bird
goes a step further. It uses an onboard computer that acts
like the brain of a real bird, giving you complete control
over the wing movements. That makes it one of the most advanced
RC ornithopters available to hobbyists.
S-1 Robotic Bird uses two powerful servos to move the wings.
This sets you free from the restrictions of the old crank
mechanism used in previous RC ornithopters. Wing movements
are now used for steering, so there is no need for any separate
mechanism for moving the tail. Another unique capability of
the S-1 Robotic Bird is that we can vary the flapping angle
of the wings. This allows a smooth transition between flapping
and gliding flight.
The "brain" of the S-1 Robotic Bird is
a microcontroller such as the Arduino or Basic Stamp. You
can program the microcontroller yourself to flap the wings
and provide steering movements.
S-1 Robotic Bird is easy to build, but you should have some
prior experience flying RC planes. The S-1 Robotic Bird requires
two servos, micro-size RC receiver, and a lithium battery
approx. 700 mAh, 7.4 volts. For the servos, we recommend Hitec
digital brushless servos. There are also some lower cost,
but less efficient alternatives such as Turnigy