Wing Architecture

Front View

Exoskeletons are all over the place these days, so let's concentrate on the exciting thing: the wings! The picture below shows part of the patent pending design under investigation at Fluglicht (sans all the distracting parts). The wing structure is divided into three segments corresponding to the upper arm, lower arm, and hand. The wing has seven degrees of freedom (i.e. hinges, where it can rotate). Movement is generated by electromotors. The necessary power can be provided by a battery pack or a small gas turbine and generator.

Front View

The structre has been designed, in order to be able to flap the wings horizontally and vertically. The wings are able to collapse and expand, and to rotate in all directions at the wrist.

Some common questions people ask:

"Isn't this much too heavy to fly?"

No. There are much heavier things in the skies. It's just a matter of power density. And the power density for this stuff is quite sufficient. In fact, have you seen the Gravity Suit? Or the Flyboard Air? And these concepts are actually seriously inefficient flyers, because they stand on the exhaust jet, and don't use aerodynamic lift. But granted, it will be a challenge to make this light enough to be carried by a normal person.

"Isn't this large structure much too slow for this to work?"

No. This is not an excavator. And acceleration is just a matter of moved mass and force. Check out Isaac Newtons work, that guy kicks rocks! It's actually quite amazing what you can do with a couple of Nm and MPa.

"If it's that obvious, why has nobody done this before?"

Actually some people did, but they left out the exoskeleton and the hydraulics, and all the other necessary stuff. Maybe, because that was some 100 years ago. But I guess they somehow left all the world with the impression that flapping flight is impossible. And impossible things usually stay impossible, till someone lands a rocket booster right on that preconception.

"Ok, but isn't this dangerous?"

Yes. Deal with it. We certainly will.

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