“Flying fish” robot uses surrounding water for fuel
Flying robots hold all kinds of promise when operating over dry land, but what could ones that use bodies of water as a base bring to the table? With an eye on water sampling and environmental monitoring, scientists at Imperial College London have developed a robot inspired by the flying fish, in that it can generate enough power to launch itself out of the water and glide through the air as a way of overcoming obstacles in its path.
The team at Imperial College London has been exploring the possibilities of bio-inspired water robots for some time now. Back in 2016 we took a look at its AquaMav robot, which moved like a gliding drone through the air but featured collapsible wings that allowed it to dive into the water like a seabird on the hunt for fish.