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“Flying fish” robot uses surrounding water for fuel

Alia Talaat

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.
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