The Stanford team's jumping and gliding aircraft
The machine's jumping and gliding mechanism
The jumpglider in motion
An example trajectory
Researchers at Stanford University have built a machine which jumps and glides like a flying fish (Photo: Shutterstock)
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a small "aircraft" that resembles a flying fish which can jump and glide over a greater distance than an equivalent jumping robot. Using a carbon fiber spring to take off, the jumpglider has a pivoting wing that stays out of the way during ascent, but which locks into place to glide farther on the way down.
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