Researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo developed drones that can assemble and dissemble in mid-air.
The Tilted-Rotor-Equipped Aerial Robot with Autonomous In-Flight Assembly and Disassembly Ability (TRADY) system allows drones to become stronger by combining, or fit into tight spaces by separating.
The quadcopters feature an extra plug or jack and a coupling system comprised of magnets to allow for stability after the drones connect.
Installing both the plug and jack types of docking mechanisms in a single unit will facilitate the addition of multiple drones.
Each unit features a distributed control system that can be turned into a unified control system for when the drones join together.
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