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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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ben n erin

May 16, 2017 at 12:37

i think its cool and helpful for saving the earth


May 13, 2017 at 13:49

I think that this idea is an extrodinary one obviously the scientics had an epiphony


May 13, 2017 at 13:48

yes it could save the world


May 13, 2017 at 13:08

i think its awesome...Those drones can help us with everything


May 13, 2017 at 12:20

i think that the robots could really help. :-)


May 13, 2017 at 10:27

what about the impact on the environment?


May 7, 2017 at 10:12

i think it is a really innovative idea!


May 5, 2017 at 12:09

its a very cool concept, to save time and resources is a brilliant idea.


May 5, 2017 at 11:34

If humans wouldn't be so selfish and ignorant this project would be doable but as long as we don't give up our luxury we can't save the planet. Unfortunately.


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

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