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Insect-Style Flying Robot Perches to Save Energy

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August 5, 2013
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Researchers in Switzerland are developing a flying robot designed to navigate and collect data in cluttered environments. The robot is equipped to stick to vertical surfaces, as well recover and continue flying after a crash.


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