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honey bee and stewart platform

honey bee and stewart platform

Engineers may recognize the internal muscle structure of a honey bee (left) abdomen for its resemblance to a Stewart platform, a mechanical device that enables six degrees of freedom in movement. Researchers who have found its natural equivalent in bees say the discovery is already informing their work in designing articulating nose cones for rockets. The diagram at right shows a schematic view of a Stewart platform designed based on the honey bee abdominal segment structure. (Honey bee photo credit: Russ Ottens, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org. Diagram originally published in Liang et al 2019, Journal of Insect Science)

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