Discussion of “A Review of Propulsion, Power, and Control Architectures for Insect-Scale Flapping Wing Vehicles” by E. F. Helbling and R. J. Wood (Helbling, E. F., and Wood, R. J., 2018, ASME Appl. Mech. Rev., 70(1), p. 010801)

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Satyandra K. Gupta

Fellow ASME
Smith International Professor
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department,
Viterbi School of Engineering,
University of Southern California,
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Manuscript received December 7, 2017; final manuscript received December 11, 2017; published online January 18, 2018. Editor: Harry Dankowicz.

Appl. Mech. Rev 70(1), 015501 (Jan 18, 2018) (2 pages) Paper No: AMR-17-1091; doi: 10.1115/1.4038796 History: Received December 07, 2017; Revised December 11, 2017

Flying insects exhibit truly remarkable capabilities. There has been significant interest in developing small-scale flying robots by taking inspiration from flying insects. The paper by Helbling and Wood reports remarkable progress made by the research community in realizing insect-scale flapping wing vehicles and identifies research challenges and opportunities. This discussion builds upon their paper and examines the potential of insect-scale flapping wing flight from an application point of view. It summarizes requirements and mention implications of these requirements on propulsion, power, and control architecture.

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Helbling, E. F. , and Wood, R. J. , 2018, “ A Review of Propulsion, Power, and Control Architectures for Insect-Scale Flapping Wing Vehicles,” ASME Appl. Mech. Rev., 70(1), p. 010801.
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