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DateDate: 24-06-2018, 07:50
Japanese engineers have designed a modular multi-rotor platform, which can on the fly change shape depending on the task.
This is reported in the material IEEE Spectrum.
The properties of the device allow the drone to squeeze through narrow apertures or grab the load with a transformable frame. The report was presented at the ICRA 2018 conference.
Cargo drones usually install a stationary box, which is attached to the frame and allows you to transport cargo that fits into existing measurements. Despite the simplicity of this approach, it has an obvious drawback: a container can not accommodate a too large object, and a small load sometimes has to be additionally fixed in the container, filling the voids. Last year, engineers from the University of Tokyo unexpectedly solved this problem by presenting a prototype of an unmanned vehicle that hugged boxes, changing its shape on the fly. However, this apparatus could perform only relatively simple transformations in two planes.
Now the same group of engineers built a multi-rotor drone-transformer called Dragon. The drone is a modular platform, where each module is equipped with its own battery, computational module and a pair of rotors, and the module connections occur through rotary assemblies with electric motors. All modules are managed by the Intel Euclid computer.
Thanks to this design, the Dragon can change its shape on the fly from the traditional "quadrocopter" shape, for example. turn into a zig-zag or letter L, while the drone, in contrast to the previous prototype, is able to perform complex maneuvers, bending into a three-dimensional shape. This allows not only to capture loads, but also to change the geometry of the frame in flight to squeeze through small openings.
There are other examples of transport multicopters, in the design of which unusual solutions are used. The Japanese company Prodrone recently introduced the modular multi-rotor platform PD-ANY, which makes it possible to turn almost any object into a drone, and last year the company showed a cargo multi-copter PD6B-AW-ARM equipped with a pair of hands.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMi5v2KznU4