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Stanford's Flying, Perching Scamp Robot Can Climb Straight ­p Walls

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The Stanford Climbing and Aerial Maneuvering Platform.

A team at Stanford University has developed the first robot to combine flying, perching, and climbing capabilities.

Credit: Stanford University

A robot developed at Stanford University is the first to combine flying, perching with passive attachment technology, and climbing.

The team built on the Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Lab's research in perching and climbing to develop the Stanford Climbing and Aerial Maneuvering Platform (SCAMP), a robot that is capable of multi-modal operation in unstructured outdoor environments.

SCAMP also can recover from climbing failures and take off when it is ready to fly again. SCAMP does all this outdoors using only onboard sensing and computation.

The robot's climbing mechanism uses one high torque-density servo to drive long steps up a wall, and an even smaller servo to actuate motion toward and away from a wall. The team placed the climbing mechanism on top of a quadrotor, and combined this with a long tail that acts as a pivot point to create a system that is able to push itself onto a wall using aerodynamic forces.

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