ROBOT: Mars Entomopter

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Fri Jan 04 2002 - 15:59:01 MST

Flapping Robotic Insects Could Extend Range of Rover Missions
This beast of burden may carry out flight duties flapping smartly through
the thin, carbon dioxide-laden atmosphere of Mars. Billed as a revolutionary
new class of refuelable robotic flying machine, aerospace engineers envision
a fleet of the patented mechanical insects fluttering over Mars' surface,
each toting scientific sensors from spot to spot.
[site includes a cool video of the entomopter]
Clear the air for the entomopter!

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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment, malevolent AI,
non-sensory experience, SETI

We move into a better future in proportion as science displaces

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