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Large drone with robotic arms can carry heavy weights

13 September 2016

Prodrone developed the PD6B-AW-ARM, a large-format drone equipped with two internally-developed robotic arms, enabling it to accomplish a variety of tasks.

Image courtesy of Prodrone

Up to now the industrial and commercial drone market has focused on using drones for photography and filming, mapping, surveying, spraying pesticides, etc., but there is increasingly strong demand for drones to be able to directly perform specific “hands-on” operations.

Examples of these operations include the abilities to grasp and carry differently shaped cargo using its arms; to attach or join things; to cut cables; to turn dials; to flick switches; to drop lifesaving buoys; to retrieve hazardous materials, etc. Drones must be able to perform a variety of operations at high altitudes, over long distances, and in places where it would be too dangerous for humans.

The PD6B-AW-ARM is based on Prodrone’s large capacity PD6B-AW airframe, which has a maximum payload of 20kg. For the new model, the company’s development team designed, produced and attached two high-performance, completely original 5-axis robotic arms. They give the drone versatility to perform across a wide range of situations. The robot arms can carry a maximum payload of approximately 10kg and with flight time of up to 30 minutes, this drone can also excel at longer tasks.

Video courtesy of Prodrone.


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