Tilt-Rotor Hexacopter Puts a New Twist on Drone Orientation

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July 17, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: July 17 on

Multicopter drones are breaking through the final restriction on their movement in the air: they no longer need to hover parallel with the ground. The Voliro prototype”s six props can tilt 360 degrees, allowing a staggering 12 degrees of freedom in the air.

Designed and built in nine months, the Voliro prototype is a regular-shaped hexacopter, but each of its six props can tilt a full 360 degrees, allowing a staggering 12 degrees of freedom in the air. That means it can manage a stable hover flying sideways, upside down, diagonally or any other way you care to mention.

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