Ateam using an Aerial Robotics Laboratory at the Imperial College London in the UK has generated a floating robot that can take a jet of water outside of its rear to propel itself through the atmosphere.

The robot will be shaped like a tiny air plane. A video showcases its airborne acrobatics.

What’s innovative about this robot is its smart propulsion program. Calcium-carbide and also water powder mix together in a reaction chamber, creating expands and pushes out water to propel the robot. It’s a powerful combination that allows the robot to slip from the atmosphere for approximately 85 feet (26 meters).

“Water-to-air transition is a power-intensive process, that isn’t easy to achieve on a small-scale flying vehicle that requires to be light weight for flight,” explained Aerial Robotics Laboratory manager Mirko Kovac. The part is a pump that mixes powder and the water.

The researchers published details on the robot Wednesday from the journal Science Robotics. The robot is already analyzed in external settings and both lab. It braved a wave tank to find out if it might leap when in rougher water conditions. It may.

“These kinds of low-power, tether-free robots may be really helpful in environments that are normally time- and – resource-intensive to monitor, for example after disasters such as floods or atomic accidents,” said the paper’s lead author Raphael Zufferey.

This robot resembles it really wants to be more useful to humans As soon as it’s interesting to speculate about a upcoming robopocalypse. The development process is continuing on using the system to monitor approximately coral reefs and international platforms.