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Guston Lighthouse

Hometown: Redlands, California | Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Engineering (Robotics)

Passively Actuated Jump Gliding Wings

Mentor: Daniel Aukes
FURI: Spring 2019

This project is investigating the impact curvature, buckling, and anisotropy play when used passively to enhance jumping capability. In this paper we employ a curved laminate structure to allow a rigid link to collapse preferentially in one direction when it encounters aerodynamic drag forces. A joint of this nature could be used for passively actuated jump gliding, where wings would collapse immediately on takeoff and passively redeploy during descent, allowing the jumping robot to extend its horizontal range via gliding.

Other Projects

Letting Robots Glide Instead of Falling

Mentor: Daniel Aukes
FURI: Fall 2018

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.