Hybrid Aerial Underwater Vehicle (MIT Lincoln Lab)
Fabian, Andrew Feng, Yifei Swartz, Erika Thurmer, Derek
The MIT Lincoln Laboratory 2011-2012 SCOPE team was tasked with identifying an opportunity in the field of robotics for a novel and unique system, then building a proof-of-concept prototype for that system. Inspired by gannet birds, Morus bassanus, which are capable of a rapid, powerful and streamlined transition from air to water, the team chose to create a remote controlled vehicle that is flight capable and is able to fold its wings, plunge-dive into water and navigate underwater. The proof-of-concept system offers insight into the challenges of designing such a unique system and paves the way for building more advanced and more capable systems in the future.