Bird Scanning at NASA Ames

Graham Rolph and Graham Doig from Cal Poly scan a pelican at NASA Ames

Cal Poly aero junior Graham Rolph (left) and Dr. Graham Doig were 3d scanning pelicans and turkey vultures at NASA Ames last week - part of a long-running effort to do some of the world’s first bio-realistic wind tunnel testing on large gliding birds. Thanks so much to Kurt Long who let us use their 3d scanner to generate millions of points of the geometry in a matter of seconds.

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