World News 30 Mart 2024

'Predator' robot to stop birds hitting planes

A headless robot about the size of a labrador will be camouflaged as a coyote to ward off migratory birds and other wildlife at Alaska’s second largest airport.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities said it will be based at the Fairbanks airport to “enhance and augment safety and operations”.

Images have been released showing the robot – named Aurora – climbing rocks, going up stairs and doing something akin to dancing while flashing green lights.

Those dancing skills will be put to use during the migratory bird season when Aurora will imitate predator-like movements to keep birds and other wildlife from settling near plane infields.

'Predator' robot to stop birds hitting planes
Image:
Pic: Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP

Ryan Marlow, a programme manager with the transportation department, said: “The sole purpose of this is to act as a predator and allow for us to invoke that response in wildlife without having to use other means.”

The plan is to have Aurora patrol an outdoor area near the runway every hour in an attempt to prevent harmful encounters between planes and wildlife.

It can be disguised as a coyote or a fox by changing out replaceable panels.

The idea of using a robot came after officials rejected a plan to use flying drones spraying a repellent including grape juice.

'Predator' robot to stop birds hitting planes
Follow Sky News on WhatsApp

Keep up with all the latest news from the UK and around the world by following Sky News

Tap here

Previous deterrent efforts have included officials releasing pigs at a lake near the Anchorage airport in the 1990s, with the hope they would eat waterfowl eggs near plane landing areas.

The test period in Fairbanks will also see how effective of a deterrent Aurora would be with larger animals and to see how moose and bears would respond to the robot.

Last year, there were 92 animal strikes near airports across Alaska, including 10 in Fairbanks, according to an Federal Aviation Administration database.

Most strikes resulted in no damage to the aircraft, but Mr Marlow said the encounters can be expensive and dangerous in the rare instance when a bird is sucked into an engine, potentially causing a crash.

An AWACS jet crashed in 1995 when it hit a flock of geese, killing 24 people at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.

source

Spread the love <3

You may also like...

Mar
30
2024
0
Google hints that Apple is set to support RCS by this fall

Google hints that Apple is set to support RCS by this fall

Google today briefly showed a section on the new Google Messages page claiming that Apple is set to roll out...

Spread the love <3

Podcast: Having Fun in Tech with CTO and Meme Queen Cassidy Williams (Cassidoo)

In this week’s episode of The freeCodeCamp Podcast, I interview developer-turned-CTO Cassidy Williams, also known as Cassidoo on Twitter and...

Spread the love <3
Mar
07
2024
13
What is Cross-Browser Compatibility? How to Build Websites that Work Everywhere

What is Cross-Browser Compatibility? How to Build Websites that Work Everywhere

When building for the web, it’s easy to develop tunnel vision and only build for yourself. You may overlook the...

Spread the love <3
Mar
21
2024
0
Google, Fransa’ya görülmemiş telif cezası ödeyecek!

Google, Fransa’ya görülmemiş telif cezası ödeyecek!

Google, Fransa’nın rekabet kurulu tarafından telif haklarına ilişkin yapılan anlaşmalara uymadığı gerekçesiyle 250 milyon Euro para cezasına çarptırıldı. 20 Mart...

Spread the love <3
Whatsapp İletişim
Merhaba,
Size nasıl yardımcı olabilirim ?