(Montana State University) Unmanned aircraft are growing ever more popular — and smaller. But spinning rotor blades can be downsized only so much before air friction overtakes lift force, causing the tiny motors to overheat and fail. Flapping wings, on the other hand, can scale down almost indefinitely.
(MIT News) “We currently have no robotic alternative to bees for pollination of many crops. If we want to grow crops on Mars, we may need to bring bees with us. Knowing if they can survive a mission, reintegrate into the hive, and thrive afterwards is critical.”