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DRAGON: Shape-shifting Aerial Robot

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Drones are capable of taking on many tasks. They are not always able to get through small openings though. Researchers at JSK Lab at the University of Tokyo have developed a flying robot, called DRAGON that changes its shape mid-air to pass through horizontal openings.

DRAGON can autonomously decide how to change given the space it has to pass through. It consists of linked modules with a pair of ducted fan thrusters. The above video shows these robots in action.

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