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Stanford's Flying Fish Glider 12

Posted by samzenpus
from the sailing-away dept.
Zothecula writes "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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Stanford's Flying Fish Glider

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  • Sounds like it might benefit from a brushless motor, sartorial legs and RC control.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Can it carry a coconut?

  • Upon reading the title I was expecting a cellular automaton glider.

    The engineer in me can appreciate the effort though...
  • Seen on international glider contest:

    A RC glider launched by hand upright stays high for minutes.

    some random example of glidder thrown upright [youtube.com]

    The Stanford's has moving wings that lock but its design doesn't seem to help a lot when we see other fixed wings gliders performance.

    • by JStyle (833234)

      The difference here is that the glider launches itself and carries the launching mechanism with it. It likely can't launch itself over and over without human input though. I'm sure they can learn a lot from RC airframe design.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    where's the video?

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