The Stanford-Brown-Spelman iGEM Team explored a way to manufacture a bio-inspired unmanned aerial vehicle

A team of students from Stanford University, Brown University and Spelman College developed a working prototype of a biological drone that can safely degrade into the environment when it crashes – reducing potentially damaging effects another layer of high-flying, easily crash-able tech can have on the environment.

The team of students built the unmanned aerial vehicle for iGEM 2014 or the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition, and collaborated with researchers from NASA’s Ames Research Center as well as Green Island, New York-based materials science company Ecovative Design to design, model and produce the prototype bio-inspired drone.

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