A flying fish or a seaplane?
December 18th, 2007

University of Michigan engineers have developed a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) after looking at real flying fish. Like the fish, this seaplane takes off and lands on water. The 7-foot wingspan electric UAV has been funded by the DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and designed as ‘an autonomous buoy for persistent surveillance in the open ocean.’ The first sea trials have been successful. Now, the researchers want to improve the possibilities of their ‘Flying Fish.’ In particular, they want to use the energy from sun, wind, and waves during its surveillance missions. But read — and watch — more…

Links: ZDNet, Primidi


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