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Robotic Insects Make First Controlled Flight
May 2, 2013
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.In the very early hours of the morning, in a Harvard University robotics laboratory last summer, an insect took flight. Half the size of a paperclip and weighing less than a tenth of a gram, it leaped a few inches, hovered for a moment on fragile, flapping wings, and then sped along a preset route through the air. This demonstration of the first controlled flight of an insect-sized robot is the culmination of more than a decade's work, led by researchers at Harvard.Full Story
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