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2016 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Thrust-Assisted Perching and Climbing for a Bioinspired UAV

Authors : Morgan T. Pope, Mark R. Cutkosky

Published in: Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

We present a multi-modal robot that flies, perches and climbs on outdoor surfaces such as concrete or stucco walls. Although the combination of flying and climbing mechanisms in a single platform extracts a weight penalty, it also provides synergies. In particular, a small amount of aerodynamic thrust can substantially improve the reliability of perching and climbing, allowing the platform to maneuver on otherwise risky surfaces. The approach is inspired by thrust-assisted perching and climbing observed in various animals including flightless birds.
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Metadata
Title
Thrust-Assisted Perching and Climbing for a Bioinspired UAV
Authors
Morgan T. Pope
Mark R. Cutkosky
Copyright Year
2016
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-42417-0_26

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