Leaping Rescue Robots

 - May 24, 2008
References: vnunet
A tiny little grasshopper inspired robot can jump 27 times its own body length; that's ten times farther than any other jumping robot. Scientists hope the little leaper will be able to aid in chemical spills, pollution, and search and rescue missions on terrain where wheeled or legged robots can't go. The robot, which weights a mere 7 grams, is battery operated. It is expected that they'll soon be fitted with solar cells to keep them hopping.

Jumping performance can be optimized for force and takeoff angle.