A Purdue University researcher has come up with a patented design for drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, that works in windy conditions, is more energy efficient, and can handle a larger payload, writes Purdue University for TechXplore.com.
“Our drone design was inspired by the wings and flight patterns of insects,” Xiumin Diao, an assistant professor in Purdue’s School of Engineering Technology, tells TechXplore.com. “We created a drone design with automatic folding arms that can make in-flight adjustments.”
Diao said the design provides drones with improved stability in windy conditions, because the folding arms can move and change the center of gravity of the device during flight. He said the design also makes drones more energy efficient because the movable-arm technology allows for the use of the full range of rotor thrust. The technology is published in the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control.