A 1.5g SMA actuated Microglider looking for the Light
Summarizing, we present a 1.5g gliding robot that can do phototaxis as a first step towards a novel palm sized self deploying microglider. To reduce the weight, we developed a 0.2g SMA actuator for rudder control that is harmoniously integrated in the airframe structure. We show that gliding flight is an energy efficient and easy to use aerial locomotion method for small robots.
Keywords: Flying Robot ; Aerial Robotics ; Autonomous Agents ; Hybrid Locomotion ; Jumping robot ; Fast Prototyping ; Phototaxis ; Indoor Flight ; Miniature Robotics ; Microrobots ; Airplane ; Gliding ; Aerial Robotics
Record created on 2007-08-21, modified on 2016-08-08