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Posted on January 31, 2017 by Dr Peter Harrop

Drones and starlings

As I sat in the sunshine in Poole Harbour UK finishing my new IDTechEx report, "Electric UAV Drones: Autonomous, Energy Independent 2017-2027", I was mentioning software that endows drones with curiosity and with the ability to swarm as demonstrated with multiple drones dropped from US aircraft recently. Then I looked up to see this starling sharing my meal.
It occurred to me that it knew so much more than me about flying with curiosity and swarming in the most wonderful and complex patterns known to man. I asked him why he does it but I was unable to translate his loud rasping tap tap tap answer.................Then he flew away - autonomously. I thought I knew a bit more about other aspects though, such as tethered drones generating electricity and the one from Imperial College London that dives, samples the water then emerges and flies away again. But then ....... I looked up and saw a tern doing that even better. He dived in the sea then flew up and away with a fish in his beak. Humility is in order..........
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