Fixed Wing Drone Takes Off Like a Bird

Passerine Aircraft is working on a new type of drone to achieve VTOL capabilities with a fixed wing plane. They want to revolutionize the drone industry with an aircraft that can range out and carry payloads, land anywhere and do it more efficiently than a multirotor drone.

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Bird Inspired Landing Gear on a Plane

Passerine Aircraft is working on a new type of drone to achieve VTOL capabilities with a fixed wing plane. They want to revolutionize the drone industry with an aircraft that can range out, carry payloads, land anywhere and do it more efficiently than a multirotor drone. The design they came up with looks pretty interesting.

It's a high wing airplane with dual ducted fans for propulsion. Instead of traditional landing gear with wheels, the Passerine aircraft uses bird inspired legs. The legs allow the plane to jump into the air like a bird and also provides shock absorbing landings. That's a tall order to provide legs that are light, durable and functional. Nature has us beat in this area, but it's fun to watch and see what designers can create to mimic it.

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Feb 26, 2019, 01:31 PM
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interesting need more video please
Feb 26, 2019, 03:03 PM
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I know! I want to see it land.
Feb 26, 2019, 10:15 PM
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Looks like something from Rescue Rangers
Feb 27, 2019, 04:20 AM
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That's certainly unusual. Reminds me of those lizards.
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Feb 27, 2019, 01:50 PM
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Why??????!
Feb 28, 2019, 02:30 PM
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I haven't seen an update from them since march 2018...
Mar 03, 2019, 09:32 PM
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of course it's a dumb idea given how incredibly inefficient EDFs are.
Mar 04, 2019, 01:45 PM
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I hope it works and priced fairly for the hobbiest masses.
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Mar 13, 2019, 03:46 PM
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This reminds me of a project that NASA was considering, MANY years ago. A grasshopper gets around by making large jumps, randomly, it has no idea where it's going to land. The strategy can just get it to new food areas quickly, and to evade predators.

I wondered what predators there might be on Mars, but that's not what the idea was. Trundling along on wheels consumes a lot of energy and the device is heavy and complicated.

As I recall, high capacity, instant charge capacitors would be used to drive some kind of legs, like a grasshopper. The charge would be acquired from solar panels or some other power source, maybe nuclear. In any case, a lot of ground could be covered in a short time.

It would be aerodynamically designed to always land on the legs, and they would also contribute to a soft landing.

What will we think of next?
May 08, 2019, 09:10 PM
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The dumbest idea one could think off!

And they have even a website.

The "landing gear" is big, draggy, and does not fulfil any practical use: if an airplane can fly off succesfully due to this jump, it would do so even from ground; even the slightest toss would give it a higher initial speed.

Landing on these legs... what for? A belly is the best landing gear...

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May 08, 2019, 09:30 PM
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The dumbest idea one could think off!

And they have even a website.

The "landing gear" is big, draggy, and does not fulfil any practical use: if an airplane can fly off succesfully due to this jump, it would do so even from ground; even the slightest toss would give it a higher initial speed.

Landing on these legs... what for? A belly is the best landing gear...

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Birds don't land on their belly. They have landing gear, commonly referred to as legs. :*)
Then again, ducks land on their belly but do so much like a seaplane. Pick your corner, gloves up.
May 08, 2019, 11:46 PM
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If you want to emulate birds, that is ok. As a project, that could be interesting.

If you want to create something efficient, that is the dumbest idea. I am actually surprised that they even made some prototype, and spent apparently considerable time doing that.

If they would have made a stationary catapult which throws the airplane into the air, that would have been much better - catapult weight and catapult air resistence would remain on ground, not dragged along in the air.


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