An insect-inspired drone able to fold its arms in flight could carry a larger payload with less energy use.
The drone was inspired by a team from Purdue University based on the wings and flight patterns of insects. According to the researchers, the foldable arm design allows the drone to change its center of gravity during flight, enabling it to maintain its balance even in heavy winds. This ability to shift center of gravity also allows the drone to lift heavier, asymmetrical payloads, and could be useful in search and rescue missions, as the drone can navigate narrow spaces more effectively.
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