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Next-generation drones could learn from bumblebees’ amazing flight – UNSW Newsroom

Small insects understand how big they are, and can use that information while flying in a complex environment, new research shows.

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Research lead author, Dr Sridhar Ravi, studied how bumblebees navigated through a tunnel with a series of gates featuring different-sized holes. The bees were able to successfully fly through the apertures, thanks to a remarkable sense of their own size and a detailed perception of the obstacles openings.
Dr Ravi said that by scanning the aperture, bumblebees were able to skilfully fit through the gates by manipulating the speed of their approach and posture, even flying sideways when the hole was…

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