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Published on Jun 28, 2011
A prototype of "RoboBee", a project funded by the National Science Foundation to build a fully-functional, insect-sized robotic bee capable of autonomous flight. This video shows a series of early, uncontrolled takeoff tests proving that the vehicle can generate enough lift to overcome its own weight; however no stability control is implemented.
The Harvard Microrobotics Lab is part of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. For more information, see the following websites: