It’s possible to build a rope bridge with a drone, and the view is spectacular

Impressive use of technology that made the people of Gramazio Köhler Research (Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) With a pair of drones, some structures on each side, and a good ration of ropes, form a bridge by which a human can cross from one side to the other.

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We don’t stop to see practical applications with these unmanned flying vehicles, and when we look at the demonstrations shared in the following videos, we have a feeling we’ve seen no more than the tip of the iceberg.

With a drone that can reach hard-to-reach areas, inaccessible to us and teach us what is happening there, we can say that this is the most sought-after facility. But we can also forget about their cameras and use them as tools of creation. For example, a pair of quadcopters attached a bridge with knots and ropes to the base of the braids:

The coordination and mastery of flying a drone in a confined space like speed is noticeable. The total length of the track is 7.4 metres, and the ropes used are of the Dyneema type.

Dyneema is a composite material reinforced with fibers used in aeronautical works, characterized by its weight-resistance ratio: seven grams per meter and a diameter of only 4 mm can support up to 1,300 kg. 120 meters of rope was used for the entire preparation.

A workspace called Drone has been created to drive all the choreography. Flying Machine Arena, Plagued by motion capture systems and the precise location of vehicles and components, information can reach a brain that is outside the drone, and it is that which relays the commands to what is being felt at every moment. No strings included, enough with the ropes already.

Before construction begins, the system studies the situation, looks for anchor points, possible connections, and forms the fabric completely autonomously. Once working it is provided with a motorized system to release the rope to highlight that the drone is performing with the maximum possible voltage.

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