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There is also a bio-inspired robot that can make use of the water from the surrounding area to launch itself into the air, the British researchers have revealed.

The robot is able to travel 85 yards through the air after taking off and investigators believe that it may be used for the collection of the samples are dangerous or otherwise cluttered environments, such as during a major flood.

Researchers at the Aerial Robotics Laboratory at Imperial College in London, devised a system that requires only 0.2 grams of calcium carbide powder in a combusion chamber, with the only moving part is a small pump that delivers water from the environment where the robot is.

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The supply of water and calcium carbide to the powder, and then combine them into a reaction chamber, the production of the flammable acetylene gas — this will then push the water with a jet pack and the robot is clear of the water.

The Water-to-air transition, it is an energy-intensive process that is difficult to achieve on a small scale, of a flying vehicle needs to be lightweight for flight, the ” lead investigator Dr. Mirko Kovac director of the Aerial Robotics Laboratory at Imperial College, said in a statement.

“We have a water-reactive chemicals reducing the materials that the robot is supposed to perform. Since the chamber fills passively, and the environment-water-acts as a piston, we can make a full combustion cycle, with only one moving part, the pump mixing the water in with the fuel,” he said.

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The researchers tested the robot in a lab, in a lake, and in a wave tank, to discover that it was able to escape out of the water, even under relatively harsh conditions.

Raphael, Zufferey, author of the new paper, said in a statement: “This is the kind of low-power, tether-free robots, may be useful in environments that would normally be time – and labor-intensive for you to follow, even after a disaster such as a flood, or a nuclear accident.”

Details of the robot have been published in Science and Robotics.

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