Drone-built structures are not an entirely new concept in and of themselves, as many groups have demonstrated how drones can be used to create pieces of engineering and art. Researchers at the ETH Zurich Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control have long been looking into how flying robots can be used to autonomously construct stable structures.
The team has taken their work one step forward by enabling a rope bridge to be built by drones. The bridge is capable of comfortably and safely supporting the weight of an adult human.
This drone-built rope bridge is far from a gimmick, as it demonstrates convincingly how drones can be used in various stages of the construction and engineering process to achieve increased efficiency and reduced risk without significant financial outlay.