Introducing DALER, the flying, crawling bat bot

Date:21 February 2014 Tags:, ,

During search-and-rescue missions, it’s ideal to have robots that can fly through tight spaces and walk over rough terrain. The DALER (Deployable Air Land Exploration Robot) can do both. Developed by researchers at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems in Lausanne, Switzerland, the robot can reduce its wingspan and turn the ends of its wings into “whegs” – a cross between wheels and legs – to propel itself across rocky terrain at speeds of about 15 cm/second. This adaptive morphology avoids the added weight that would be required to incorporate separate air and land locomotion systems.

The robot presented in the video is the first prototype of the DALER Project. Check it out…