Sketches turned into a 3D visualisation

In this short video I show the 3d visualisation of my Human Birdwings design. I have finished these sketches a while ago, but didn’t find a moment to share these with you.

The sketches are sort of complete, the only thing is that the tailwing is missing for now. I know the tail is important to have, but for now I’m fully focused on the lifting part of my suit.

Maybe you guys can think with me about the sort of tail that would be good to have on my design?!

Tell me through my website, twitter, facebook or youtube.

Thanks a lot!



13 thoughts on “Sketches turned into a 3D visualisation

  1. hi Jarno
    would you please upload your skechup sourcefile so that we could study from it?

  2. Good Luck, I will watch with much intrest……If you manage to acheive this you will have aheaved the impossible dream !! and surley be dubed one of the all time greatest inventors ! !

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  4. -pictures by e-mail,
    -pitch and roll=by knees+wires
    -weight 8kg \spar 50*1,5 ,sail 110g/sqm+bambook “S”-shape ribs\
    -circa 15 sq.m

  5. Hi Jarno,
    Excellent work on the drawings. Impressive detail.
    Two comments on the design so far. One, its impossible to tell what you have for the wing area but to me, is seems small for the load you will be carrying. I have experience with flying a 135 sq foot hang glider. At my weight 185# + 30# harness and instrumentation + 65# glider, landing speed was hot.
    And two, maybe most critical, your arm control couples the pilots arms to the wing in a way that will limit the wing motion to the range of the pilots arm range. In the prone position, human arms cannot match what a bird does in the upward movement. A bird can let its wing go up to increase the dihedral to a very deep V which it uses to land for instance.

    • Hey Daedelus,

      Thanks for your comments! Yes, the wingsurface might be a bit inaccurate in the 3d visualisation. According to my calculations the wingsurface will be 49 sqfoot, so that’s a lot smaller then the 135 of the hangglider. Such a big surface would be very difficult to actuate(flap) in a controlled manner. The package I’m building now, should weigh no more then 20 kg together with my bodyweight 80 kg (first I have to lose about 5 kg…) this would make a total of 100kg. The faster I’ll run, the smaller the surface should be to get lifted. Flapping frequency also reduces wingsurface , the faster the wings move (and the bigger the angle), the smaller the wings have to be. (
      Concerning the arm control and the limited range of human arms, if you watch the landing and lifting of Albatross birds, you’ll notice that they don’t need the wide range of movement to lift and land. Great example: It simply increases it’s flapping speed to slow down. All by all I won’t be able to copy an exact reallife bird concept. There are lots of species, which all use different methods, so there has to be looked for a concept in which most useful properties of these species are bundled into a feasible concept. It’s also difficult to decide what’s the right or wrong method, since nobody ever succeeded to do what we’re trying to achieve. At least not without a cabin..

      • Jarno,
        I do wish you luck and I will be following your progress carefully, but I have to express my skepticism. Birds have had hundreds of millions of years to work out the principles of flight and one of those principles does seem to be that the larger the creature, the less it relies, can rely, on flapping for altitude gain. This is probably because of the physics of moving the large wings and the energy requirements involved as you have noted.

        I suggest that the condor is the better model than the hummingbird. We see dozens of flying examples of toys and models that do use the humming bird or other small bird model, but none of them has been scaled up successfully to human size, not one.

        And re the albatross as a model, true they are awesome flyers, but they are adapted to a very specialized environment. The air over the ocean has a very different character than that over inland places, as any soaring pilot knows. That marine air tends to be much more laminar and smooth with much less vertical flow. The albatross stays aloft for days at a time by using ‘dynamic soaring’, a technique not often available inland, but it still requires very little flapping.