An innovative robot that can either roll or fly
Aerial, Ground, Surface
Wheeled, Moving, Flight
StatusCompleted (since 2020)
Is it a rover or a flyer? It's both. Rollocopter, a hybrid aerial and terrestrial platform, uses a quadrotor system to fly or roll along on two passive wheels. This design gives the robot greater range than aerial-only quadrotors and eliminates obstacle-avoidance issues associated with ground-only robots. When Rollocopter encounters an obstacle, it can simply fly over it. To fly this robot requires a celestial body with an atmosphere and could be used to explore subterranean caves other worlds.
Rollocopter uses the same motors and control system for both flying and rolling, which keeps it simple and light.
It can travel distances up to 10 times greater than an aerial drone.