S1 Robotic Bird ornithopter introduced a unique new approach
flapping wings. Instead of simply flapping the wings up and
down like other ornithopters, it uses an onboard computer
that acts like the brain of a real bird. It gives you complete
control over the wing movements, for steering and various
flight modes. This is an amazing project that blends computer
programming with the hands-on reality of building your own
ornithopter and watching it fly.
S1 Robotic Bird uses two powerful servos to move the wings.
This sets you free from the restrictions of the 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. One unique capability of the S1 Robotic
Bird is that you can vary the flapping angle of the wings.
This allows a smooth transition between flapping and gliding
flight, unlike other ornithopters.
the "brain" of the S1 Robotic Bird, you can use
a microcontroller like the Arduino Nano
or Adafruit Trinket.
You can program the microcontroller yourself to flap the wings
and provide steering movements. In case you aren't up for
that, we have a pre-programmed servo
controller you can use instead.
S1 Robotic Bird ornithopter kit is easy to build, but you
should have some prior experience flying RC planes. The S1
Robotic Bird requires two servos, a micro-size RC receiver,
and a lithium battery approx. 700 mAh, 7.4 volts. For the
servos, we recommend Hitec HSB-9370TH
digital brushless servos.
Robotic Bird - sold out