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Randy Atkins: The lingering fall of the single propeller maple seed…
Evan Ulrich: One of the most simple systems in nature which is able to fly without any moving parts.
Randy Atkins: …inspired University of Maryland engineering student Evan Ulrich to make an unmanned aircraft. Problem is, the seed’s descent is erratic. His challenge…
Evan Ulrich: To be able to control the flight of a maple seed. To steer it from point A to point B.
Randy Atkins: Ulrich created a maple seed mimic the size of a large bird that takes off and flies! It’s silent and almost invisible.
Evan Ulrich: At about 100 feet all you see is the center of rotation, a half-dollar sized black disc.
Randy Atkins: Uses might range from spying to weather monitoring. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103-point-5 F-M and WTOP-dot-com.