Two teams of engineers have taken separate approaches to enable drones to carry out research or rescue operations with a reduced risk of crashing
Prototype drones capable of navigating dangerous and unpredictable environments without crashing could prove useful for search-and-rescue teams.
Paolo De Petris at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and his colleagues have developed a flying drone that aims to avoid crashes altogether. The robot, called RMF-Owl, made its debut while winning a competition hosted by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, in which it had to navigate an underground mine and perform rescue-related tasks.
De Petris and his team designed …