This Airobotics 'Homing' Drone Flies and Lands Without Any Need for a Human

Airobotics drone in automated storage, charging and launch container.

Airobotics drone in automated storage, charging and launch container.

February 23, 2018 | Source: Wired, wired.co.uk, 14 March 2017, David Hambling

Self-flying drones are now commonplace, but the model pictured here can also land in an area the size of a toolshed - no operator required. The quadcopter and its landing box are the work of Tel Aviv-based Airobotics, which makes them for deployment on surveys and security patrols. "What makes us different is that ours is the only solution that automates the entire operation," says co-founder Ran Krauss, 34.

Krauss started out making flying tools for photographers, but the price of drones was falling too fast to make a profit - so in 2014 he switched to industrial uses. An early test came that December, when oil from the Evrona oil field in Israel leaked into a nature reserve. Airobotics gave the clean-up crew a bird's-eye view of the situation, but manual piloting was expensive and time-consuming. "This required automated drones," says Krauss.

So he started building a UAV system that could function without operators. Airobotics' drone can take off, fly preprogrammed flights for 30 minutes, then land without human assistance.

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