Thrust-Assisted Perching and Climbing for a Bioinspired UAV

  • Morgan T. PopeEmail author
  • Mark R. Cutkosky
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9793)


We present a multi-modal robot that flies, perches and climbs on outdoor surfaces such as concrete or stucco walls. Although the combination of flying and climbing mechanisms in a single platform extracts a weight penalty, it also provides synergies. In particular, a small amount of aerodynamic thrust can substantially improve the reliability of perching and climbing, allowing the platform to maneuver on otherwise risky surfaces. The approach is inspired by thrust-assisted perching and climbing observed in various animals including flightless birds.


Vertical Surface Locomotory Mode Rotor Thrust Climbing Mechanism Flightless Bird 
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Support for this work was provided by NSF IIS-1161679 and ARL MAST MCE 15-4. We gratefully acknowledge the help of H. Jiang, C. Kimes, W. Roderick and C. Kerst in conducting experiments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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