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The (Scientific) Flight of the Falcon

The (Scientific) Flight of the Falcon

The (Scientific) Flight of the Falcon April 22, 2015 Enlarge image NREL researcher Jason Roadman, right, works with falconer Sam Dollar and Houdini, a peregrine falcon. The falcon is part of a research project to test radar technology being developed by Laufer Wind and NREL that may decrease the number of bird interactions with wind turbines. Photo by Ismael Mendoza, NREL A trained falcon named Houdini darts and soars next to a wind power plant in the shadow of the Colorado Rockies, gathering radar data that could someday save the lives of his avian brethren. Peregrine gyrfalcon Houdini is the VIP guest of the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and he performs his strategic flights at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), 12 miles north of NREL's main campus. The 15-year-old raptor delights crowds at halftime during U.S. Air Force Academ...

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