Researchers in the Imperial College Londonâs Aerial Robotics Laboratory have created the SpiderMAV â? a robot that balances itself by shooting out several strands of rope that can stay with magnetic surfaces. The drone, that is a standard quadcopter, has a built-in string gun that blasts out small connectors. The drone then drags against the ropes, stabilizing itself within flight.
The leader specialist, Mirko Kovac, equates the jingle with Darwinâs bark spider, a good arachnid that can shoot a web â25 metersâ in any direction.
The program can help keep a drone in position even in heavy winds as controlled by fan crosswinds. This is simply a proof of concept so the magnets donât have variable strength nor would be the cables particularly resilient. However , you can imagine this sort of system being used to control communications in a time of crisis or even maintain surveillance in heavy climate. The researchers presented their results in Vancouver. Their paper is called âSpiderMAV: Perching and Stabilizing Micro Aerial Vehicles with Bio-inspired Tensile Anchoring Systems,â by K. Zhang, P. Chermprayong, T. M. Alhinai, R. Siddall, and M. Kovac from Imperial College London.