New, Hybrid RoboBee Can Fly, Dive, Swim, and Propel Itself Out of Water

Published by , November 6, 2017 1:04 pm

(ScienceDaily) A new, hybrid RoboBee can fly, dive into water, swim, propel itself back out of water, and safely land. Floating devices allow this multipurpose air-water microrobot to stabilize on the water’s surface before an internal combustion system ignites to propel it back into the air. This latest-generation RoboBee, which is 1,000 times lighter than any previous aerial-to-aquatic robot, could be used for numerous applications, from search-and-rescue operations to environmental monitoring and biological studies.
This latest-generation RoboBeeis 1,000 times lighter than any previous aerial-to-aquatic robot. This effort was led by a team of scientists from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically-Inspired Engineering at Harvard.

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