Manta-Ray Like Underwater Vehicle “Manta-Bot”

While major bio-inspired underwater vehicles have demonstrated a fish-like swimming pattern (similar appearance, caudal fin propulsion, etc), many of them cannot carry a large load and are unable to achieve sharp maneuvers. We developed a manta-ray-inspired underwater vehicle (manta-bot) that can achieve elegant swimming underwater just like a real manta-ray. With a built-in control system (ROS), IMU-based self-navigation, built-in underwater camera, and wireless communication, the manta-bot can swim along the planned trajectory and record the view along the path, then send it back to the control station. This work collaborated with Professor. Hilary Bart-Smith’s Lab. Here are two videos showing manta-bot swimming in the UVa pool.

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