02 Sep '12, 6pm

Underwater Solar-Powered Robot Swims and Dives Like a Real Sunfish:

Underwater Solar-Powered Robot Swims and Dives Like a Real Sunfish:

The mola, or sunfish, is a large, flat, tropical fish that gets its name from its regular rising to the surface to bask in the sun. Scientists aren't sure if the sunlight helps them digest food or whether this surface floating is just an invitation to birds to come peck and clean parasites from its skin, but Aeroenvironment has created an autonomous, underwater solar-powered robot inspired by this behavior. NOAA Photo Library /CC BY 2.0 As you can see in the video above, the Mola robot is powered along by a large flat solar panel and mechanical fins that propel in the water. It has a solar tail that extends when extra power is needed. There is no onboard power storage for the robot; it's directly powered by the sun. YouTube /Video screen capture The Mola is designed to not just swim at the surface but to descend as far as it can while still gathering sunlight. While just a...

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