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Integrative Model of Drosophila Flight

Dickson, William B. and Straw, Andrew D. and Dickinson, Michael H. (2008) Integrative Model of Drosophila Flight. AIAA Journal, 46 (9). pp. 2150-2164. ISSN 0001-1452. doi:10.2514/1.29862.

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This paper presents a framework for simulating the flight dynamics and control strategies of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. The framework consists of five main components: an articulated rigid-body simulation, a model of the aerodynamic forces and moments, a sensory systems model, a control model, and an environment model. In the rigid-body simulation the fly is represented by a system of three rigid bodies connected by a pair of actuated ball joints. At each instant of the simulation, the aerodynamic forces and moments acting on the wings and body of the fly are calculated using an empirically derived quasi-steady model. The pattern of wing kinematics is based on data captured from high-speed video sequences. The forces and moments produced by the wings are modulated by deforming the base wing kinematics along certain characteristic actuation modes. Models of the fly’s visual and mechanosensory systems are used to generate inputs to a controller that sets the magnitude of each actuation mode, thus modulating the forces produced by the wings. This simulation framework provides a quantitative test bed for examining the possible control strategies employed by flying insects. Examples demonstrating pitch rate, velocity, altitude, and flight speed control, as well as visually guided centering in a corridor are presented.

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Additional Information:© 2007 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. Presented as Paper 34 at the 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, Nevada, 9–12 January 2006; received 19 January 2007; revision received 11 July 2007; accepted for publication 5 November 2007. This work was supported by grants from the Packard Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) (F49620-03-1-0171), National Science Foundation (NSF) (IBN-0217229), and Army Research Office (ARO) (DAAD 19-03-D-0004).
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David and Lucile Packard FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)F49620-03-1-0171
Army Research Office (ARO)DAAD 19-03-D-0004
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