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We present some initial findings of a long-term project to identify the flight dynamics of large birds of prey, during free-flight outdoors. This paper outlines our methods for dealing with the particular challenges a project of this nature provides, and some preliminary results outlining the flight characteristics of soaring flight, and providing detailed descriptions of some of the manoeuvres observed during flight.

Type

Journal article

Journal

AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit

Publication Date

01/12/2008