Flying in shallow arcs helps birds stay aloft with less effort
Date: October 11, 2017
Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Engineers have developed a new model to simulate dynamic soaring, and have used it to identify the optimal flight pattern that an albatross should take in order to harvest the most wind and energy. They found that as an albatross banks or turns to dive down and soar up, it should do so in shallow arcs, keeping almost to a straight, forward trajectory.