Airobotics homing drone flies and lands without any need for a human
The self-flying drone lands itself in a box the size of a toolshed
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. Drones often struggle to land because of the turbulence their rotors kick up, so Airobotics devised a patent-pending system that connects the vehicle to its base. On landing, brackets slide into place to secure the drone, and the launch pad withdraws into the weatherproof base. Continue reading about a self-flying drone.