Recharging your drone on a powerline


Here is a cool video from MIT showing a fixed wing glider can land on a power line. At the start of the video I was not too impressed because they where using a vicon tracking system (basically like GPS on steroids giving you 500hz exact position measurements if no-one knows about it) But from watching the video it seems they took it 1 step further to actually let the glider localize the power line using only hte magnetic field from it which is pretty cool. Allowing you to land on a power line to charge your plane. Might be funny to see some legal issues if everyone starts tapping into the national grid to charge their drones :stuck_out_tongue:

If anyone is keen to read the details you can find the paper here - Robust Post-Stall Perching with a Simple Fixed-Wing Glider using LQR-Trees