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Japan’s Ministry of Defense creates world’s first spherical flying robot

Japan’s Ministry of Defense has created one of the most versatile flying robots I have ever seen, and what is thought to be the world’s first spherical flying robot to boot.

The robot manages to combine the best of both a helicopter and a winged plane and can hover as well as travel very fast with forward motion. In fact, this little 350 gram, 42cm diameter ball can reach speeds of up to 60km/h.

As you can see in the video below, due to the use of three on-board gyro sensors it can cope with being hit while adjusting and maintaining a hovering state. Because it is a sphere, it can also land on just about any surface and even rolls around while under control on the ground.

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