UPenn's MAV swoops towards a cylindrical object
UPenn's MAV grabs the cylinder mid-flight
UPenn's MAV mimics the way the eagle sweeps its legs back to allow it to grasp the object without slowing down
The MAV's leg and talons
Researchers at UPenn's GRASP Lab have replicated how a bird of prey grasps objects mid-flight
An American Bald Eagle swoops down to grab lunch (Photo: Shutterstock)
Here's something you don't see everyday: a Micro Unmanned Aerial vehicle (MAV) that can grab objects on the fly with all the elegance of an eagle snatching a fish from the water's surface. Although MAVs and UAVs are increasingly being equipped to pick up, transport, and drop off payloads, we've never seen this incredibly precise form of grasping on the fly replicated – until now.
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