Flying insects powered by gyroscopes?
It’s not science fiction. Scientists are doing a collaborative research project to answer just that. Are wings on flying insects powered by internal gyroscopes and can they break that information down enough to better understand how, in an attempt to replicate the technology in smarter, more efficient aircraft for humans?
In this study, scientist use moths for a controlled study to monitor the behavior and nervous system to try to learn how they fly. We know how to MAKE things fly, but HOW they fly is a very different question. One researcher describes the process as if it were another language. The wing talking to the brain and vice versa, and we just need to learn that language to apply it to a larger scale, aircraft for humans.
By building robotics that mimic the actual movements of birds, insects and other flying animals; scientists are getting closer to being able to use the technology in even drones. While there are socially sinister uses of the technology in place such as surveillance and targeting and exploration, the possibilities of the technology being used to save lives are endless.
So, are insects powered by internal gyroscopes? That answer is unclear because we are unable to determine their senses at this point. We don’t know how the insect is able to determine velocity, rotation or orientation. Once that matter is pinpointed, moving forward may become much easier.
Studying flying insects in more depth can be found here