If Drones Had ‘Claws,’ They Might Be Able To Fly For Longer #drone #droneday

Grabbing and perching allows drones to increase their efficiency and stay out on the job longer.

Via NPR:

But it takes lots of power to spin four helicopter blades fast enough to keep a quadcopter-type drone in the air. Most can only stay aloft for about 30 minutes.

So an international team of roboticists is trying to extend the time a drone can stay on the job. For inspiration, they turned to birds.

“We have developed a modularized landing gear framework that allows the drone to not only perch on some structures, but also rest on some structures when perching is not possible,” Hang says.

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