Now in its fifth evolution, Robo Raven V is a hybrid platform that uses both propellers (like an airplane) and its flapping wings to fly. The new propellers provide extra thrust which in turn leads to much higher lift forces. Also, compared to the original model, Robo Raven V has improved its aerobatic ability and can carry significantly higher payloads. This added capacity means Robo Raven V can incorporate a notably larger battery to increase its flight endurance or carry much more sophisticated sensors.
The Robot Raven project is led by Professor S. K. Gupta (ME/ISR), director of the Maryland Robotics Center; Professor Hugh Bruck (ME) and their students. The Robot Raven team will be presenting three technical papers at the ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Conference in Boston on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.
To demonstrate Robo Raven V?s higher payload capacity, the team recently added a claw that can grasp objects and release them in flight. Watch a demonstration of Robo Raven delivering a letter like Harry Potter?s owl Hedwig in this Hogwarts-inspired video.