According to researchers from the University of Queensland (Australia) under the leadership of Professor Mandiyam Srinavasam, in the near future, UAVs will fly and navigate in the sky, like birds and insects, without the help of people and navigation equipment.
Compared to humans, insects and birds have very small brains, but this is enough to effectively control flight. According to Professor Shrinavasama, the brain of a bee weighs tenths of a milligram, but at the same time it unmistakably finds melliferous flowers more than 10 km from its hive. Birds are no less skillful in flight, capable of orienting themselves perfectly and performing incredible aerobatic aerobatics.
In addition to bees, scientists used parrots as objects for studying flight. They have a fairly high intelligence, are well trained and have a complex visual system, not much different from ours.
By evaluating the flight technique of these animals using high-speed cameras, scientists will be able to significantly improve the UAV's guidance system, making it fully autonomous over time. Professor Srinavasama explains:
“By knowing the biological principles, we can create a new generation of fully autonomous drones that do not depend on GPS and radar. These UAVs will be very useful for surveillance, rescue operations and even for expeditions to other planets. "