LEONARDO, the Bipedal Robot, Can Ride a Skateboard and Walk a Slackline

October 06, 2021

Researchers have built a bipedal robot that combines walking with flying to create a new type of locomotion, making it exceptionally nimble and capable of complex movements. "We drew inspiration from nature. Think about the way birds are able to flap and hop to navigate telephone lines," says Soon-Jo Chung, Bren Professor of Aerospace and Control and Dynamical Systems; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Research Scientist. "A complex yet intriguing behavior happens as birds move between walking and flying. We wanted to understand and learn from that." A paper titled "A bipedal walking robot that can fly, slackline, and skateboard" about the LEO robot was published online on October 6 and was featured on the October 2021 cover of Science Robotics. [Caltech story]

Elena-Sorina Lupu

Elena-Sorina Lupu

Professor Soon-Jo Chung

Professor Soon-Jo Chung

Kyunam Kim

Kyunam Kim

Patrick Spieler

Patrick Spieler

Alireza Ramezani

Alireza Ramezani

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