UAV Mocks Birds, Dwells on Power Lines

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 23, 2014 No Comments
Categories : UAVs

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that behaves like a bird, lands on power lines and might soon be able to recharge its battery in the process.

According to a CBR report, the single-motor UAV, which was made at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratories, uses its control system and on-board sensors to bring down its wings and decrease its air speed in order to attach to a power line.

Inspiration came directly from birds, specifically eagles and pigeons, and their remarkable ability to perch on lines. The scientists believe that, in the future, the vehicle might be able to use the lines’ magnetic fields to recharge.

Video footage of the UAV can be found here, and the full CBR article can be found here.

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