Albatross

Albatross



Some of you might have heard of the world’s most gigantic bird known as albatross. Most albatrosses are found in the southern hemisphere from Antarctica to Australia, South Africa, and South America. It is the largest bird living on the earth and has a wingspan which is measured to be around 12 feet. These ocean birds can live up to 60 years of age and sometimes may pass their 70th birthday.

Albatross

Albatross


You would be surprised to know that an albatross can stay months and sometimes years beyond the sight of land. Some studies have shown that they may fly more than 16090 kilometers to deliver one meal to their chicks. But that’s not a limit. It is said that an albatross can fly around the world without landing. Even they sleep in the air. These birds can cover hundreds of miles without even a single wing flap. This bird uses a technique known as “Dynamic Soaring” during its flight. The dynamic soaring is a flying practice used to gain energy by repetitively crossing the boundary among earth masses of different velocities.  

The albatross gets it to flight by angling its wings in the wind and achieves certain height via making a little effort and then angles down during which it can cover a 20 miles distance by just dropping an altitude of 1 mile without making any effort. This technique has inspired some of the engineers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and they have found that this technique of albatross’s flight could be well used in a number of applications in different aspects of scientific research. Inspired by the albatross seabird, Airbus engineers in the UK have developed a remote-controlled aircraft named as AlbtrossOne which has freely flapping wingtips that can react to different air masses. This has significantly reduced the load and drag thus minimizing fuel consumption.

Albatross
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/pictures-albatross-inspires-airbus-flexible-tip-dem-458421/


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