Robotic ray can swim quickly with its flying motion

robotic ray

Robotic Ray is an autonomous underwater vehicle developed by Professor Hilary Bart-Smith of University of Virginia and her colleagues of other three universities. As like manta ray and sting ray, the robotic ray also joins the family of swimming with a flying motion. The main aim of this invention is to help humans for exploring and investigating the sea.

The flying motion incorporated in the robotic ray is a very efficient propulsion system, which makes them to swim quickly with a little bit of effort. This kind of navigation also gives many additional features like:

  • Virtually silent at high speeds
  • Ability to carry large payloads
  • Achieves tight maneuvers

This underwater robot is made of waterproof plastic body, and its wings get flexible silicone. It covers rods, cables, batteries, and electronic devices with it. A human operator can connect and control it remotely with computer commands.

The wings of robotic ray can change their shape and direction with the help of rods and cables through expansion and contraction. This certainly allows them to move smoothly, navigate quickly, turn, and continue on same position.

Overall, the robotic ray could be very helpful for military purposes like surveillance in the coming years.

The below video brings you the flying motion display of Hilary team’s robotic ray.

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