A biologically inspired micro-vehicle capable of aerial and terrestrial locomotion
Bachman, Richard J.
Boria, Frank J.
Ifju, Peter G.
Quinn, Roger D.
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The design, fabrication, and field testing of a 30.5cm robot capable of aerial and terrestrial locomotion is described. The Micro Air-Land Vehicle (MALV) flies using a chord-wise, undercambered, bat-like compliant fixed wing and walks over rough terrain using passively compliant wheel-leg running gear. The vehicle successfully performs transitions from flight to walking and in some situations, from walking to flight. The lightweight (~100g) carbon fiber vehicle flies, lands and crawls with a video sensor payload exceeding 20% its own mass.
The article of record as published may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mechmachtheory2008.08.008
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