The biggest issue with drones is their shortage of endurance, but Swiss scientists have designed a new model that assists lower that issue. Eschewing the normal 4 blade design, the drone by EPFL startup Flybotix has only 2 propellers, allowing it fly 2 times longer versus normal models. It is just as simple to pilot as a normal UAV, but the small size and elevated longevity makes it perfect for doing search and rescue in a collapsed building or inspecting unsafe regions, for example.
The drone has a 12 Inches (30 cm) broad cowl, with 2 props fitted on top of each other, turning in different directions. That considerably lowers drag while elevating efficiency versus to 4-blade designs. The issue, though, is that such craft aim to be difficult and unstable to manage.
That is where the digital management systems come in. The group designed an easy, algorithm-based stabilization mechanism that measures how much to tilt and offset the rotation of every prop for straight flight or maneuvering. That makes it as simple to pilot as any other drone employing traditional joystick controls.
With a foam coating that can take in mild collisions and comparatively small size, the drone is perfect for inspecting hard to reach, dangerous regions, claimed Samir Bouabdallah, research lead, to the media in an interview.
On a related note, there are 2 kinds of drones: fixed-wing drones that appear similar to airplanes and multicopters that look like hovering devices. A team of MIT researchers have developed a new platform that allows consumers mix the best of both ends and make their own fixed-wing, hybrid drones.
The outcome is a drone that can both glide like an airplane and hover like a helicopter. Such hybrid device can land and take off vertically similar to multicopters and are power efficient similar to fixed-wing planes.
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