Grasping Appendage for Quadrotor Micro UAV Inspired by Birds of Prey

The introduction of inexpensive micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in recent years provides a novel opportunity for easy transportation of loads using one or more UAVs. Drawing inspiration from aerial hunting by birds of prey, a research team from the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Lab has designed and equipped a quadrotor micro UAV with an actuated appendage enabling grasping and object retrieval at high speeds.