FSTAR is a robot fitted with a sprawling mechanism, wheels and propellers allowing it to both run and fly using the same motors.The current prototype can fly at 15m/s and run on the ground at 2.6 m/s.
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The combined capabilities of running and flying allows FSTAR to fly over obstacles or run underneath them and move inside pipes. The robot can reduce its width to crawl in confined spaces or underneath obstacles while touching the ground./ zarrouk lab
The robot can be used for safe package deliveries, search and rescue applications manufacturing chains, agriculture, maintenance, cleaning, filming and entertainment.
The robot was developed in the Bio-Inspired and medical Robotics Lab at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev (ME department).IEEE, ICRA 2019./ zarrouk lab