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Robotic Elytra: Beetle Inspired Protective Wings for Drones

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While drones are getting smarter all the time, accidents can always happen when you fly them in confined spaces. Researchers from LIS and EPFL have come with a set of robotic elytra that can prevent damage to drones. The mechanism is inspired by the wings of beetles. The system consists of an additional set of retractable wings that  encapsulate the main wings when protection is needed.

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