Researchers in Switzerland develop foldable drones

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Researchers from the Robotics and Perception Groups at the University of Zurich and Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) developed foldable drones, inspired by the mechanism of birds’ wings. The researchers hope this new design improves search and rescue missions, as it can fit through and safely manoeuvre narrow spaces and carry objects. 

The research is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) is directly linked with the development of the design. However, the Zurich and EPFL teams were the ones to design the Quadrotor, which enables the drone to fold, transport objects, and inspect surfaces.