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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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Silvergamer2000

April 12, 2017 at 16:55

This AquaMAV project sounds outstanding to me. This very project (a work of art) is likely to be the solution to many problems and may be the future of air/water quality. If this becomes available to the public, then adults and CHILDREN could have fun wirelessly controlling the machines and sampling lakes and rivers. I, (the writer) hope that even possibly after some more development, the robots should be fitted with sensors to stop it crashing into rocks.

micheneel

April 12, 2017 at 15:23

cool robot for the water exaploration in the ocean.

Malina

April 12, 2017 at 14:25

I think this is a very innovative piece of technology. Can't wait to see what science will come up with next!

thomas

April 11, 2017 at 14:20

a cool and good concept for biological research

Madeleine Wilton

April 10, 2017 at 15:17

I think that the robots could help clean up all the pollution and rubbish in our oceans , and that will be amazing for the planet

verity

April 10, 2017 at 13:58

I thought that it tells me alot about nature and how hard people work to make the world a better place.

KERRIE

April 9, 2017 at 09:52

I think it is a good idea because it will help us look after animals in the water.

Mylesy Perry

April 8, 2017 at 17:08

I find it interesting that this device can go underwater because most other devices are made by electricity.

Jade

April 6, 2017 at 11:01

I don't think it is possible to reiforce it throughot the whole world. IT might be a good idea but can be only established in a small area.

Will Sutton

April 5, 2017 at 16:00

I am a scientist of the future. I find this concept extremely fascinating and can envisage numerous environments where it could be utilised.

Olivia Doherty

April 4, 2017 at 11:55

It is interesting how nature is influencing new technology!

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