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Re: Miscellaneous Dino News
Several aspects of this story may have suffered a bit in the
translation. I thought I was trying to say that an ornithopter wing
similar to that of a large pterosaur would have a more effective flight
stroke than an ornithopter wing based on a bird, not that a real
pterosaur wing was more effective than a bird wing. Adequately
simulating a bird's wing for an ornithopter is somewhat more complex
than attempting a rough simulation of a pterosaur membrane and spar.
I'm not a member of Patricia's design team, but I have been trying to
answer her questions about pterosaur flight as it might apply to
ornithopter construction (as best I can). I'm impressed with what I've
seen of her work and skills. I don't think Nightingale (Patricia's
full-sized machine) is likely to be in the air within the year, but she
may achieve liftoff in Big Bill (another ornithopter, designed by Jim
DeLaurier) this season. I wish her every success in both endeavors.
> Pterosaur Design Studied to Build Flapping Ornithopter.
> Researchers planning to build a machine that flies by
> flapping see pterosaur wings as more practical than bird
> wings as a model. NOTE: This story is from the Science
> magazine website and needs a password to be read on some