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What are the most important aspects of an environment that a drone would need to report for survivability?

The immediately obvious: Atmospheric composition/pressure. Temperature (diurnal variation), day length. UV and other radiation. Eccentricity of planetary orbit. Presence of biome. Presence of large ...
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I'm not a biologist or an engineer. How do I design legs for a large animal that leaps very long distances?

Copy Nature Take a real animal that leaps long distances and copy the proportions. For example frogs, grasshoppers, or the housecat. All these are small of course so their methods may not scale up. ...
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I'm not a biologist or an engineer. How do I design legs for a large animal that leaps very long distances?

Definitely not using only legs. Your typical flea or grasshopper use the tensile strength of their exoskeleton as a spring to create the bursts of speed needed for jumping. However, as you get bigger, ...
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I'm not a biologist or an engineer. How do I design legs for a large animal that leaps very long distances?

Factors in Jumping The focus here is on lowering mass over volume, increasing elasticity and tensile energy, and using effective proportional structures in creating leaping force and lowering stresses ...

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