Secure drone in the shell, simulating origami (10 photos + video)
Previously, the designers have developed drones that are enclosed in a spherical shell to prevent damage from accidental collisions with the surrounding objects, walls, or power lines. However, such designs become cumbersome and inconvenient to transport.
The original solution proposed by the researchers from the laboratory of intelligent systems at the Federal Polytechnic school in Lausanne (Switzerland). Using a cage of carbon fiber like origami, they have developed a spherical drone, which can be folded, so it can be more compact when not is in the air.
In addition to protection from accidental collisions with the surrounding objects, this design allows you to deliver the goods directly to the customer, who can grab flew the drone as the ball, not afraid to get hurt on the rotating blades or damage to the mechanism. In addition, delivery can be made directly to the window of the customer. At the same time inoperative folded drone is reduced in volume by 92 percent and is easily tolerated by the user.
Control the flight by using a special mobile app, and the drone can not only fly to a given point, but, like a boomerang, return to the starting point of the flight. The prototype is running with a load of 0.5 kg. Testers conducted more than a hundred test flights at the moment modify the navigation system of the drone during the flight, collision avoidance, teaching apparatus around obstacles. The drone also features a number of safety features that include protection from hacking, and in future version will be a parachute for a safe landing. In addition, the developers are studying the possibility of increasing the payload capacity of the unmanned aircraft.