DARPA Just Created A Completely New Way For Helicopters To Land

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DARPA has developed automated, robotic technology that will allow helicopters to land in places they’ve never been able to land before.

Helicopters are prized for their ability to maneuver in air with ease but are beset by the fact that their landing gear requires a fairly level surface to set down upon.

The U.S. government is aiming to remove that helicopter handicap through the development of robotic landing gear. 

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently demonstrated the robotic system developed under the Mission Adaptive Rotor program. 
The gear works through the use of self-articulating legs that expand and feel for the ground as the helicopter lands. In flight, the legs contract up next to the fuselage.

The foot of each jointed leg is equipped with a sensor to automatically determine the proper angle needed in order to keep the helicopter as level and secure as possible while touching down.

The robotic gear could allow helicopters to land on rough and slanted terrains that were previously out of reach—and make the difficult task of settling on moving surfaces less risky.

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    Rotorhead Airsoft
    December 30, 2016 at 7:08 am

    A fucking godsend

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    Anonymous Donor
    December 30, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Honestly, its about time. Too many SF soldiers have been killed in Chinooks because the only areas they could be inserted into were clearly compromised. This idea should allow smaller, lighter birds the ability to insert and extract with the speed and agility of a dragonfly. SA-WEET!

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    Gusti Mahardhika
    December 30, 2016 at 7:08 am

    simple but briliants

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    darul maxmur
    December 30, 2016 at 7:08 am

    would love to see it walking too

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    Brandy Garrett
    December 30, 2016 at 7:08 am

    It seems as though there would be a risk of collapse under the weight on an individual leg if it is not placed correctly.

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