Could These Robotic Legs Be The Answer To Tricky Helicopter Landings?

Pilots ought to be excited

Sep 15, 2015 at 4:18 PM ET

Landing a helicopter is hard enough as it is. Now try to imagine landing a chopper on the side of a hill, or even worse, on the back of a boat rocking back and forth in high seas.

One of the biggest limitations for helicopters is the inability to take off and land on uneven surfaces. But the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) believes it has found a way to remedy these situations. Their new system, aptly named Robotic Landing Gear, attaches four foldable legs to the helicopter that can automatically adjust upon approach.







The new gear makes landing on uneven surfaces possible and, if widely adopted, should greatly reduce the anxiety of pilots all over the world. See more of it in action: