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Stanford's Flying Fish Glider

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the sailing-away dept.

Robotics 12

Zothecula writes "Researchers at Stanford University have developed a small 'aircraft' that resembles a flying fish which can jump and glide over a greater distance than an equivalent jumping robot. Using a carbon fiber spring to take off, the jumpglider has a pivoting wing that stays out of the way during ascent, but which locks into place to glide farther on the way down."

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12 comments

I like it! (2)

DeathGrippe (2906227) | about a year ago | (#43856233)

Sounds like it might benefit from a brushless motor, sartorial legs and RC control.

Re:I like it! (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43856919)

Dear DeathGrippe (2906227),

  Typing your entire comment in monospace is like annoying.
  Please stop.

Signed,
-Everyone

Re:I like it! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43857021)

Wow. I see that DeathGrippe has a "friend" that's moderating tonight.

Re:I like it! (3, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#43858315)

Dear DeathGrippe (2906227),

Typing your entire comment in monospace is like annoying. Please stop.

Signed, -Everyone

Be compassionate with font-blind users. He's typing it from Links2 on a 486SX over SSH. He doesn't see the difference.

Picking at nits (1)

DeathGrippe (2906227) | about a year ago | (#43860753)

<quote>

<quote><p>Dear DeathGrippe (2906227),</p><p>
Typing your entire comment in <tt>monospace</tt> is like annoying.

<tt>Please stop.</tt> </p><p>Signed,
-Everyone</p></quote>

<p>Be compassionate with font-blind users. He's typing it from Links2 on a 486SX over SSH. He doesn't see the difference.</p></quote>

<blink>All of my Comments and posts are in the default fonts provided by Firefox on an Alienware laptop.  If you've got a problem with that, I'd appreciate direct advice as to how to type to meet your standards.  Or, are you unhappy because I'm not using html tags and you're reading the posts on a crt using Lynx?</blink>

Re:I like it! (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | about a year ago | (#43858647)

Be excuse him and be a little more compassionate. The poor sod is using a Nokia Microsoft Phone.

Re:I like it! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43858243)

Dear DeathGrippe (2906227),
Remember that puppy you had when you were young? The one that disappeared one day? I took it.
I took and killed it and ate it. It was delicious. I slaughtered that puppy like a pig.
I've still got some bones if you would like them back. Just leave a reply with your email address, and I'll contact you.
The best part was the crying.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know.

Cheers,

Your father.

PS Obviously not the man you thought was really your father, but a stranger. A man who fucked your mother many times. It was fun. Say hi to her for me.

The most important question. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43856363)

Can it carry a coconut?

Oh yeah, that's interesting too... (1)

RandomStr (2116782) | about a year ago | (#43857673)

Upon reading the title I was expecting a cellular automaton glider.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cellular_automaton

The engineer in me can appreciate the effort though...

See hand-thrown RC gliders (1)

advid.net (595837) | about a year ago | (#43858253)

Seen on international glider contest:

A RC glider launched by hand upright stays high for minutes.

some random example of glidder thrown upright [youtube.com]

The Stanford's has moving wings that lock but its design doesn't seem to help a lot when we see other fixed wings gliders performance.

Re:See hand-thrown RC gliders (1)

JStyle (833234) | about a year ago | (#43860269)

The difference here is that the glider launches itself and carries the launching mechanism with it. It likely can't launch itself over and over without human input though. I'm sure they can learn a lot from RC airframe design.

A picture is worth 1000 words (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43860251)

where's the video?

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