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Flying insect explorer robot. Hand holding a prototype flying insect robot, or Entomopter. This terrestrial version, which can crawl as well as fly, is being used to develop a robot for surveillance and data collection on Mars. Its biomimetic design closely resembles the wings of real insects. When on Mars, the robot will run on chemical or electrical fuel. It will launch from a mobile platform and return there for refuelling. The platform will be able to synthesize fuel using materials in the Martian environment. The robot is being developed in the USA by scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Ohio Aerospace Institute, and NASA.
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