This Helicopter Landing Gear Allows Access to More Difficult Terrain

By: Cadhla Gray - Sep 20, 2015
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The engineers at DARPA have designed a helicopter landing gear that allows choppers to take off and land in precarious locations previously regarded as inaccessible. The design features four insect-like legs that each have force feedback sensors to stabilize the helicopter on uneven terrain.

This design innovation not only increases accessibility but also the safety level and durability of helicopters. For rough landings, the dragonfly-like helicopters have multiple points to disperse pressure and balance on as opposed to a traditional fixed landing gear.

This helicopter landing gear will allow for landings on mountainous areas with slopes of 20 degrees, which is double the standard limit. It will also provide access to moving ships that are shaky from rough waters, making them ideal for military and rescue missions.