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Morphing drone takes off like a helicopter, flies like a plane | New Scientist

Morphing drone takes off like a helicopter, flies like a plane | New Scientist

A shape-shifting drone takes off like a helicopter and transforms into a plane in mid-air to fly all day on solar power. The drone is designed to provide affordable aerial surveys for farmers, so they can see where to irrigate and use fertiliser and herbicide only where needed.

Most drones are not appropriate for this because they have short flight times. Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos and his team at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis have therefore taken a new approach.

Source: Morphing drone takes off like a helicopter, flies like a plane | New Scientist