Using design tips from nature, this autonomous robot bird will travel the oceans collecting data about how climate change is affecting the environment.

MIT engineers have designed a wind-powered unmanned nautical air-water vehicle that they plan to fly around the world to monitor the oceans of the world. Image Credit: Gabriel Bousquet | MIT. The robotic glider was developed by combining the learnings it gleaned from an earlier study of the highly efficient albatross bird , which flies long distances without expending much energy thanks to its long wings, which can be up to 12 feet | 3.7 meters in width. MIT borrowed the long wingspan for its glider which allows it to tap into the wind to stay aloft. Gabriel Bousquet, […]

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