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 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 back to control station. This work collaborated with Professor. Hilary Bart-Smith’s Lab.
Here are two videos showing manta-bot swimming in UVa pool.