A5_1 Exploration of Dune’s Ornithopters

Connor Keany, Thomas Graham, Felix Kaiser, Rhys Newland, Kishen Pankhania


The 2021 movie Dune utilises ornithopters with a unique eight winged design. In this paper we investigated the requirements needed for such a design to function. It was found that merely hovering would require the wings to beat ∼ 1.78 times a second, while requiring ∼ 183 horsepower each.

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