UTIAS Ornithopter No.1

Summary

No.1
Role Experimental ornithopter
Manufacturer University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies
Designer James DeLaurier
First flight 8 July 2006
Number built 1

The UTIAS Ornithopter No.1 (registration C-GPTR) is an ornithopter that was built in Canada in the late 1990s. On 8 July 2006, it took off under its own power, assisted by a turbine jet engine, making a flight of around 300 metres that lasted 14 seconds.[1]

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Length: 7.47 m (24 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 12.56 m (41 ft 2 in)
  • Gross weight: 322 kg (710 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × König SC-430 , 18 kW (24 hp)

Performance

  • Cruise speed: 82 km/h (51 mph, 44 kn)

See also

References

  1. ^ Hein, Treena (2006-10-12). "CBC News In Depth: Science: The world's first flying ornithopter". CBC News. Retrieved 2010-10-13.

External links

  • Black, Debra (9 July 2006). "It flies! Aviation history is made by the 'flapper'". Toronto Star.
  • Hein, Treena (2006-10-12). "CBC News In Depth: Science: The world's first flying ornithopter". CBC News. Archived from the original on 2010-10-14. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
  • Follain, John (2004-12-19). "Test run for Da Vinci's flapping rooster plane". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2010-10-13.[dead link]
  • Excell, Jon (2001-08-13). "Aircraft in a flap". The Engineer. Retrieved 2010-10-13.