August 31, 2010
SensorFly is a novel, low-cost, controlled-mobile aerial sensor networking platform that weighs in at around 30 grams and is about 2.5 inches long (6.5 inches in diameter). These autonomous helicopter nodes feature communication, ranging and collaborative path capabilities that Zhang says could sense survivors after disasters, or enemies in urban combat situations.
On Sci Fi Science's "Galactic Colonization" episode, program host Michio Kaku demonstrates how Zhang's sensors could help science fiction's most inspiring vision - the colonization of the galaxy - become reality. He highlights SensorFly's "swarmbots," showing that they could be used to find habitable planets.
You can check out a preview of the segment at http://science.discovery.com/videos/sci-fi-science-ii-cheap-exploration.html.
Assistant Research Professor Pei Zhang will appear on Sci Fi Science on Sept. 1.