This glider mimics birds to stay indefinitely in air

Aug 30, 2017, 1:46 AM EDT
(Source: John Nuttall/flickr)
(Source: John Nuttall/flickr)

If the design works well, Microsoft’s upcoming glider would exhibit the soaring skills of hawks and eagles to stay afloat indefinitely, an innovation that holds promise for scientific missions and for providing internet connectivity in far-off regions.

The sailplane is based on artificial intelligence that mimics a bird’s ability to identify temperature and wind direction required to stay aloft without any power from motor, writes The Week.

The 16.5-foot aircraft, recently tested in a desert in Hawthorne, Nevada, basically uses a complex set of algorithms to “harness nature’s power” in the same way as birds do with their small brains, notes Daily Mail.

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