It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Bird that’s a…Plane!  The RoBird flying robot.

At the Edmonton International Airport and Grand Forks International Airport in North Dakota, a Peregrine falcon soars near the runway to deter birds from interfering with air traffic. It looks real. But its not. Its a flying robot called the RoBird®.

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RoBird has wings that flap. It flies, like a falcon, for five minute high-impact stints. Also like its counterpart in nature, the RoBird can reach speeds of up to 27 miles per hour.

Aerium Analytics, a multi-disciplined drone solutions company based in Calgary, Alberta, produces this novel drone, a ornithopter, that mimics the look and actions of the predatory bird. 

Since its inception in 2016, the company has specialized in geospatial intelligence, data analytics, visualization and software development for global…