FURI | Fall 2018

Letting Robots Glide Instead of Falling

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Several prototype deployable gliding wings are mounted to a robotic jumping chassis. The results of trials with variables such as different wings and different times of deployment are compared to each other and correlated with a dynamic computer model. Certain prototype wings show a greater increase in distance traveled than others. An approximate optimal deployment time minimizes drag while jumping maximizes travel distance.

Student researcher

Guston Lighthouse

Engineering (robotics)

Hometown: Redlands, California

Graduation date: Spring 2019

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