Tilt-Rotor Hexacopter Puts a New Twist on Drone Orientation

Voliro hexacopter

Voliro

July 17, 2017 | Source: New Atlas, newatlas.com, 8 June 2017, Loz Blain

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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