surge, and it provides useful information if
you’re thinking about where to keep your
boat and how to store it during this hurricane season. You can access the webinars
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DON’T LOOK NOW, but that huge jellyfish swimming beside your boat could someday be more than meets the eye. In fact, it might be watching you. Last April, a team from the Virginia Tech College of Engineering successfully built and launched a 170-pound,
6-foot-diameter robotic jellyfish. Funded
by a grant from the U.S. Naval Undersea
Warfare Center and the Office of Naval
Research, these “creatures” may someday patrol the seas, looking like large
(but innocent) denizens of the deep.
The 170-pound prototype robot is
called “Cyro,” a combination of the
Latin name for the lion’s mane jellyfish
(cyanea capillata) and “robot”. Eventually
the researchers hope Cyro will be completely autonomous and capable of powering itself at sea for months at a time.
The college says that the robotic jellyfish has a range of possible uses, from
monitoring the environment to military
surveillance. — CHRIS LANDERS
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