A team of engineers at MIT have designed and developed a robotic glider, which can glide along the surface of the water, riding the gust like an albatross and simultaneously surfing the waves as a sailboat. The robot is designed such that it stays aloft in areas of high wind, similar to its avian counterpart. While, in calmer winds, the robot can dip a little bit into the water to have a ride like an effective sailboat.
The robotic system borrows from nautical and biological designs, both, and it can cover any given distance in only one-third of the wind compared to an albatross and travel ten times faster than a conventional sailboat. At around 6 pounds, the glider is also comparatively lightweight. Researchers expect that such compact and superfast robotic water-skimmers may be employed in teams for the monitoring of huge swaths of the ocean in the near future.
Gabriel Bousquet, a previous postdoc in the Department of and Astronautics at MIT, who drove the outline of this robot as a component of his graduate proposal, states that the oceans remain inconceivably under-monitored. “It is, particularly, critical to understand the Southern Ocean and its association with the ongoing environmental alteration. Be that as it may, it is really difficult to arrive. Researchers would now be capable of utilizing the vitality from nature in an efficient method to carry out this long-separate travel with a system that remaining parts little scale,” he added further.