Swiss students develop drone, flying in any position

12 June 2017
Swiss students develop drone, flying in any position

Students from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Zurich University of the Arts have constructed a unique drone called VOLIRO with six screws and rotary motors. These features allow drone to move in any direction and any position.

Usually, screw multicopters can fly in two directions: horizontally and vertically, as screws are fixed in one position and their lead-lag plane is always parallel to the ground. VOLIRO hexacopter is equipped with flexible anchors, allowing six screws to deflect to the right and left independently.

The unique drone construction allows him to change lead-lag plane gradient and to move in any direction, to turn upside-down, to stand on edge and smoothly fly along vertical plane, even touching its chassis. The latter feature will be useful while inspecting bridges, walls of skyscrapers and other constructions.

The device weighs less than 3 kg. A central block of the final version will look like a sphere so that the copter can roll in any direction.

late spring, VOLIRO has successfully passed all tests. It is still unclear whether it will enter the market or not, because the drone has been constructed within the Autonomous Systems Lab project primarily aimed at creating an unmanned machine able to move by air, by water and by land.

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