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Image: Imperial College London; Science Museum Group Collection

February 21, 2017

Inspired by sea birds and flying fish, this aquatic micro aerial vehicle - AquaMAV - is a unique robot that can fold its wings to dive into water from the air. Once submerged it records data and collects water samples. A high-pressure water jet then thrusts it back into the air to continue flying. AquaMAVs are more efficient than other drones because they do not need to hover above the water when collecting data and can land anywhere.

Hennah, Exhibitions Developer, Science Museum

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26 comments on 'Can flying, diving robots help keep our oceans clean?'

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April 23, 2017 at 11:22

no it can tell us the wate is dirty and that we need to change our habits


April 23, 2017 at 09:51

I don't think that AQUAMAV would be able to help consistently and that water testing equipment should be mounted to already existing submarines

Hugh Westmister

April 20, 2017 at 13:33

I belive in this project. The reduction in sending people to hazardous locations to take samples has got to be a good thing

marla greg

April 19, 2017 at 15:03

i think its intresting because it could save lives


April 19, 2017 at 14:57

i think it is a great idea because it could help the animals and help scientists with experiments . It is bird like aswell .

shea stagg

April 19, 2017 at 14:33

this is a super cool concept and can be used on alien planets


April 19, 2017 at 13:33

i think its bad for the sea, as the robots will rot in the water and get in to the fod chain.


April 19, 2017 at 13:31



April 19, 2017 at 10:44

it is very fascinating an could make earth a better place and stop people from littering ( and maybe even killing fish and other animals )

Yanis Hallaf

April 19, 2017 at 09:41

It is a pretty good idea because we see how the new technology is becoming so usefull with time


April 18, 2017 at 13:51

Drones like this could inspire inventers to create more life-chaning inventions and fuel the future!


April 18, 2017 at 13:05

Yes, but they could pose a threat to marinelife.


April 18, 2017 at 13:03

i think it is a good idea because it will help the nature around us.


April 17, 2017 at 15:42

i think it's a good idea, but nevertheless the high speed isn't very natural.

luka trbojevic

April 13, 2017 at 11:15

the aqua mav could be used as a good spy material and be an awesome way to discover new things about earths atmosphere and earths wildlife

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