Since the first flight in 1903, aircraft collisions with birds have caused thousands of bird deaths annually, and such accidents can lead to aircraft damage, as well as delays and cancellations of flights, costing the International Civil Aviation Organization $1.4 billion annually, according to Cnn. .
Airport wildlife management teams currently use a number of deterrents, such as drones and birds of prey such as hawks, to try to scare birds away from the airport’s perimeter, however breeding and training falcons is not exactly cheap, and it can be difficult to manage.
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In an attempt to reduce the cost of the matter, the University of Groningen in the Netherlands has developed a robotic falcon. The Robot Falcon, made of fiberglass and expanded polypropylene with a wingspan of 70 centimeters, simulates the movements of a large and powerful falcon..
In a study published recently, it was proven to be very effective by keeping birds away, and the bird is controlled from the ground, there is a fan installed on each wing, and a camera on its head, and the report published in the journal “Royal Society Interface” says, “There is a need for new methods to deter birds. The Robot Falcon can contribute significantly to this.”
The Robot Falcon was more effective than drones, deterring birds faster, but the report indicated that there are some limitations that can be faced with the robotic falcon..
To begin with, it must be directed by trained pilots, and cannot fly during rain or strong wind conditions, and the robotic falcon’s battery is usually limited to only 15 minutes.
The report indicated that the bird was not effective when it came to deterring large birds, such as geese or herons, and a larger robot, such as the eagle, might need to be developed for this purpose..