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Drone that can survive almost any crash

Researchers in Switzerland have developed a UAV that is protected from moderate collisions.

The UAV‘s design comes from exoskeletons, that are found in insects in nature.

These exoskeletons remain rigid during flight, but are flexible to absorb crash-impacts.

In a drop-test of the prototype and a conventional, fully-rigid UAV, it showed the prototype was twice as good at dissipating the energy of a collision.