“Mantabot”: Aquatic Robot That Mimics Propulsion Mechanics of Skates and Rays
The Mantabot will be able to travel a great distance underwater carrying a large payload (depending on its size) and perform surveillance and monitoring for both defensive and offensive purposes. It’s not inconceivable that future Mantabots will even be used as suicide drones carrying explosives which can neutralize targets ranging from mines to ships and submarines (after all the research is partially funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research).
Professor Bart-Smith said recently: “We are studying a creature to understand how it is able to swim so beautifully, and we are hoping to improve upon it. We are learning from nature, but we also are innovating; trying to move beyond emulation.”