Artificial Intelligence

DARPA tech allows helicopters to land on uneven ground thanks to robotic legs

  • The new technology was mounted on an otherwise “stock” hobby helicopter which was unmodified and unmanned. The legs automatically unfold as the helicopter approaches land, using sensors to feel the ground to find stable footing.
  • Eventually, robotic legs like these could give helicopters the ability to land even on 20-degree sloping terrain or on a boat on choppy seas.
  • This tech needs to be tested on a full-size helicopter, but it’s certainly a interesting development for vehicles that land vertically.

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