A flying jellyfish-like machine
A replacement for Amazon's octocopters?
December 3, 2013
Many approaches to building small aerial robots try to mimic the flight of insects such as fruit flies. The problem, says Leif Ristroph of NYU, is that the flapping wing of a fly is inherently unstable.
The prototype is limited: it’s attached to an external power source and can’t steer, either autonomously or via remote control, but it shows a proof of principle, Ristroph said.
The longstanding goal for researchers has been to shrink flying robots down to the size of a centimeter, allowing them to squeeze into small spaces and fly around undetected. The simpler the better, he said. “And ours is one of the simplest, in that it just uses flapping wings.”
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