World's 1st Flying/Driving Drone
|Source: University of Ben-Gurion of the Negev|
The Flying STAR drone can drive, fly and even make itself smaller. All of these functions are achieved using the same set of motors. FSTAR stands for flying, sprawl-tined autonomous robot. It's an outstanding achievement by a team at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. It flies like a quadcopter, drives on tough terrain and squeezes into tight spaces.
This drone is a first. It can travel on the ground up to 8 feet per second, can climb or go under obstacles and compress itself to traverse narrow spaces. The drone flies flat. The sprawl, which adjusts from flat to 55 degrees, allows it to transform from a flying quadcopter to a car-like robot. This hybrid flying, driving quadruped is unique. It has low power needs and may have a big role in package delivery, search and rescue and other uses.