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Aerodynamics of flying snakes

Thursday, December 02, 2010 - 02:31

Dec 2 - The future of aeronautics may lie in Southeast Asia's jungles, say scientists studying gliding abilities of tree-dwelling snakes. The team, working with National Geographic, is researching how the reptiles ''fly''. Rob Muir reports.

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Chris Healy a -- C is better known as the flying snake for good reason. It's a study in gliding efficiency. Taking to the air by simply flinging itself from its perch in the treetops to its destination. Biologist -- so -- is so taken by the snakes he's devoted much of his professional life to studying. They can't fly like a burger battered insects they can't go up they can only go down. I'm so really they're they're glider. With a grant from the National Geographic Society so -- and his team traveled to Singapore. They built a fifteen meter high tower as part of an ambitious experiment to learn more about the forces that allow the snake to collide with such apparent eighties. With the tower built and ready and -- strategically placed cameras rolling so launched Hispanics. The recordings revealed that while most nights are unable to resist gravity. They reconfigure themselves to counteract it for long enough to travel for more than twenty meters in some cases. The recordings also allowed the scientists to build accurate computer reconstruction. Of the snakes anatomy as it moves through the. When it jumps into the air it takes its body and it goes from from being circular. -- cross section to submit that is much more flat. Given that it does. Behavior really is it is it until it's there. So when you see the animal gliding it's been really looks like it's it's it's swimming through the air. And it might be it in essence sort of surfing the waves that it's creating. The waves of air that it's pushing back -- The snakes gliding abilities present interesting possibilities for future aircraft according to so house colleagues and engineering student debt holder. We typically think of the outline because -- redesigned they always have wings to produce slips so. Understanding what the state is doing can have a significant. Impact on the field of aerodynamics. And totally. Become a completely different designs what reason making -- possibly increase -- told instability of this vehicles. While Chris appealing a parody seemed not very well hold the key to the next generation of flying machines straight so hot and Dan Holden site. They're fascinating in their -- it. -- -- --

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Aerodynamics of flying snakes

Thursday, December 02, 2010 - 02:31