Helicopters are some of the most nimble aircraft ever created. They can hover. They can take off and land vertically. They can squeeze into tight spaces. But they still need level surfaces to land on.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) took a moment away from building a Terminator to experiment with attaching robotic legs to a helicopter.
DARPA released information about the project on September 10. Instead of regular skids, the robotic landing gear consists of four articulated legs that can fold and adapt to uneven surfaces. The agency believes it could be useful for “forward operating areas, ships at sea and natural-disaster zones.”