S-1 Robotic Bird is a flying, radio-controlled (RC) ornithopter
that you build yourself. Of
course it flies by flapping wings. But the S-1 Robotic Bird
goes a step further. It has an onboard computer that acts
like the brain of a real bird, giving you complete control
over the wing movements. That makes it one of the most advanced
RC ornithopters available to hobbyists.
S-1 Robotic Bird uses two powerful servos to move the wings.
This sets you free from the restrictions of the old crank
mechanism used in previous RC ornithopters. Wing movements
are now used for steering, so there is no need for any separate
mechanism for moving the tail. Another unique capability of
the S-1 Robotic Bird is that we can vary the flapping angle
of the wings. This allows a smooth transition between flapping
and gliding flight.
The "brain" of the S-1 Robotic Bird is
a tiny electronic device called the Axon-1b servo controller.
Made exclusively for BirdKit, the servo controller weighs
only 4.7 grams. It uses independent motion of the left and
right wings for steering. It features a glide mode and variable
flapping amplitude. The servo controller reads the throttle,
aileron, and elevator commands from your radio receiver. Then
it outputs a new signal to drive the servos in the RC bird.
The latest version works with almost
all RC receivers.
S-1 Robotic Bird is available with or without the servo controller,
in case you want to build
your own controller and program the wing movements yourself.
S-1 Robotic Bird is easy to build, but you should have some
prior experience flying RC planes. The S-1 Robotic Bird requires
two servos, micro-size RC receiver, and a lithium battery
approx. 700 mAh, 7.4 volts. For the servos, we recommend Hitec
digital brushless servos. There are also some lower cost,
but less efficient alternatives such as Turnigy