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Aerodynamic Capabilities of Flies, as Revealed by a New Technique

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Blondeau,  J
Former Department Structure and Function of Natural Nerve-Net , Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Blondeau, J. (1981). Aerodynamic Capabilities of Flies, as Revealed by a New Technique. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 92(1), 155-163.


Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0006-8531-C
Abstract
Forces and torques exerted by fixed flying Calliphora erythrocephala weremonitored with strain gauges. Calliphora was shown to have independentcontrol of all possible parameters of motion (lift, thrust, side-slip, roll, yaw,pitch). During voluntary manoeuvres, the fly modulated several or all ofthese parameters simultaneously. Modulations of certain parameters werestrongly correlated. Possible applications of the strain gauge apparatus andlimitations in the use of open-loop experiments for the study of flightbehaviour are discussed.