Watch as drones build a rope bridge to carry humans

By Scorpus
Sep 22, 2015
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  1. Quadrocopters are useful for a whole range of applications, but one thing we haven't seen them do (until now) is build something that's capable of transporting humans.

    Researchers at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control and Gramazio Kohler Research used three drones to build a 7.4m long bridge from a durable low-weight rope known as Dyneema. The software used to control the drones consisted of "sophisticated algorithms" and specialized tools that autonomously built the bridge with the assistance of a motion capture system.

    The video above shows the drones moving precisely through the air and around the existing scaffolding to create a rope bridge. The bridge used 120m of rope in total, and although it took some time to construct, it achieved its goal of providing enough tensile strength to support the weight of a human attempting to cross it.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,140   +481

    This is awesome!
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,339   +1,938

    Well choreographed.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,111   +1,377

    These are more like spiders.
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,551   +332

  6. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 632   +163

    Haha right on, when the robot revolution happens this will be the new "spiders" catching humans.

    That was pretty cool to see happen, a pretty decent application!
    Something like this could be done at disaster areas where bridges got washed out or something similar.
  7. infiltrator

    infiltrator TS Booster Posts: 140   +21

    Please do not try this at home, if you are not a trained person.

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