Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Research article
02 Jun 2021
Research article |  | 02 Jun 2021

Design and analysis of an innovative flapping wing micro aerial vehicle with a figure eight wingtip trajectory

Shan Jiang, Yong Hu, Qiang Li, Long Ma, Yang Wang, Xiaoqin Zhou, and Qiang Liu


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Short summary
An innovative flapping wing micro aerial vehicle (FWMAV), forming a figure eight wingtip trajectory, which can achieve complex composite motions of flapping, twisting, and swinging is presented in this paper. Along with the design concept of reducing any possible weight and size, the aircraft was designed with classical and reliable mechanical components. Then, experiments were conducted to test the FWMAV aerodynamic efficiency with a complex figure eight wingtip trajectory.