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MantaDroid: Aquatic robot swims like the manta ray fish

SINGAPORE: Researchers have created MantaDroid, an aquatic robot that emulates the swimming locomotion of manta rays, and could one day substitute traditional autonomous underwater vehicles. The robotic manta ray which swims at the speed of twice its body length per second and can operate for up to 10 hours, could potentially be employed for underwater surveillance in future. Manta rays are considered one of nature’s most graceful and efficient swimmers. Unlike most underwater species, manta rays possess a unique…