What do people think about the AquaMAV? Here’s what our experts have to say…

"The potential applications are broad, and the potential areas of technological innovation are very promising."

Bharathram Ganapathisubramani, University of Southampton

'This concept is interesting in its versatility, operating in different environments. It is going to be very useful in a number of applications, and optimising the performance of these vehicles across different environments may lead to numerous innovations.'

Bharathram Ganapathisubramani

Image: Bharathram Ganapathisubramani

"More development is needed to make micro aerial vehicles that can effectively explore and survey under water."

Euan McGookin, University of Glasgow

'The AquaMAV is an innovative biologically inspired design that provides a unique approach to diving and launching. Although these problems have been solved, the issue of sustained operation within the aquatic environment hasn't been solved. Future development in this area is necessary for effective exploration and surveying.'

Euan McGookin

Image: Euan McGookin

"The AquaMAV could make water sampling in inaccessible or dangerous locations safer."

Simon Hughes, Axiom Water Consultancy

'The potential benefit would be the ability to sample possibly harmful waters that were in difficult-to-access or dangerous locations without risk to the sampler. It could then provide a useful tool for making decisions on how to proceed with treating potentially hazardous water.'

Simon Hughes

Image: Simon Hughes

"Although AquaMAV is technically impressive, collecting water samples for quality testing is not usually a problem, or a high priority."

Sandy Cairncross, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

'The ingenuity behind the AquaMAV is impressive, but it may have limited value for water quality testing. Drinking water sources are usually accessible on foot, and a visual inspection for potential sources of contamination is often more reliable than a laboratory test.'


Image: Sandy Cairncross

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