Drones With Bird Claws Could Save More Battery Life

Tech Times | May 08, 2019

Drones are ubiquitous: they carry into the air important equipment such as remote sensing technology, heat sensors, multi-spectral instruments, and more. Drones are commonly used for surveillance, mineral exploration, disaster relief, and construction. Despite the widespread use of drones, their battery life is often brief and cut short after a few hours. Engineers have yet to determine a wireless way to charge drones while they're still in the air to save enough battery power.
However, there could be a way to preserve the durability of batteries, at least for a few hours more. If drones could perch on the side of buildings using bird-like claws and grippers, researchers believe the battery life of this tiny, unmanned aerial vehicle could last longer than usual. A study published in the journal Science Robotics demonstrated how adding bird-like claws to drones can be a significant modification that could save more battery life. Scientists from Yale University created a design that's inspired by talons, which allows the drone to have modularized landing gears.

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With over 134.5 million square feet of retail space constructed around the world in 2016, demand remains high for new retail environments, despite the growing influence of e-commerce. This demand for new retail and mixeduse construction spans the globe, including in Mexico, China, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

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With over 134.5 million square feet of retail space constructed around the world in 2016, demand remains high for new retail environments, despite the growing influence of e-commerce. This demand for new retail and mixeduse construction spans the globe, including in Mexico, China, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

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Fero | October 18, 2021

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