A team of researchers at the German Aerospace Center were looking for a way to lighten the payload of a solar-powered UAV in order to extend its range. The landing gear was an obvious candidate to go—the wheels and gear don’t just weigh a lot, they also cause serious drag, all of which lowers the potential time a drone can spend aloft.
The team pulled off the wheels but then needed an alternate way to land the drone.
Solution? A car with a roof-mounted net and giant QR codes. The drone matches the car’s 50mph speed, lines up with the tracking dots, and deposits itself into the roof.
What's on your roof?