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Flight path maintained: fruit fly


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Fruit flies recover their flight path after wind gusts and other disturbances with an automatic stabilizer reflex.

"Observing the aerial maneuvers of fruit flies, Cornell University researchers have uncovered how the insects -- when disturbed by sharp gusts of wind -- right themselves and stay on course. Fruit flies use an automatic stabilizer reflex that helps them recover with precision from midflight stumbles" (Science Daily 2010)

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About the inspiring organism
Med_3716172291_f33f136343_b Drosophila melanogaster
Drosophila melanogaster Meigen, 1830
Common name: Fruit fly

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Some organism data provided by: BDWD: BioSystematic Database of World Diptera
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist

Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Aircraft design

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Engineering

Itai Cohen Group
Dr. Itai Cohen
Cornell University
2010. Staying the course: fruit flies employ stabilizer reflex to recover from midflight stumbles. Science Daily [Internet],
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Ristroph L; Bergou AJ; Ristroph G; Coumes K; Berman GJ; Guckenheimer J; Wang ZJ; Cohen I. 2010. Discovering the flight autostabilizer of fruit flies by inducing aerial stumbles. PNAS. 107(11): 4820-4824.
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