Meet Leonardo, Caltech’s Bipedal Flying Robot

Meet Leonardo, Caltech's Bipedal Flying Robot, Image/Youtube/Caltech

Meet Leonardo, Caltech’s Bipedal Flying Robot, Image/Youtube/Caltech

Researchers at Caltech have built a bipedal robot that combines walking with flying to create a new type of locomotion, making it extremely nimble and capable of complex movements.

Part walking robot and part flying drone, the newly developed LEONARDO (short for LEgs ONboARD drOne, or LEO for short) can walk a slackline, hop, and even ride a skateboard. Developed by a team at Caltech’s Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST), LEO is the first robot that uses multi-joint legs and propeller-based thrusters to achieve its balancing act.

A paper about the LEO robot was published online October 6, and is featured on the October 2021 cover of Science Robotics.

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