Robo-Falcons Will Soon Patrol Edmonton International Airport


A robotic falcon prepares for takeoff.
A robotic falcon prepares for takeoff.

Counterintuitive as it may be, birds and planes don’t get along. Ever since Orville Wright knocked into a flock while flying over a cornfield in 1905, airborne humans have worked hard to keep their feathery predecessors away from airports, where they tend to crack windshields, bend sensitive instruments, and get sucked into fuselages.

To keep birds away, airports have shot off fireworks, hired snipers, and planted vast prairies nearby so that birds will live there instead. Now, according to a recent press release, Edmonton International Airport has decided to up the ante: they’re going to bring on a fleet of robo-falcons to chase away the real…

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