Published On: Wed, Sep 14th, 2016

The first spider drone, which can not only fly, but also clean up

It almost looks like other drones also were it not the two grippers. Thus, chairs can be transported, but mountains dangerous bombs. Flexible grippers allow completely new areas of application for drones. Even in the hotel industry.


In addition, the six-rotor drone of Prodrone is equipped with two gripper arms. Thus, she can transport also bulky loads of up to 10 kg. Photo: Prodrone

The Japanese drone manufacturer Prodrone from Nagoya in Japan have to work on behalf of its latest development: PD6B-AW-ARM is the first drone, which can not only fly, but also access. The previous domain of autonomous flying objects was limited to soft applications such as photography, films or the gauging of terrains.

Now, Prodrone takes a decisive step further. The drone can do also manual jobs.

Novelty is a further development of existing spider drones

The two grippers can transport loads weighing up to 10 kg. The payload is currently 20 kg. The two 16,000 mAh batteries with 22.2 volts allow a maximum flight time of 30 minutes, before the gripping drone again into the electrical outlet.


The drone presented at the trade fair InterDrone in Las Vegas is in fact only a consistent further development of existing aircraft. Prodrone has mounted in principle on its PD6B AW drone two grippers.

Drone can place buoys and hide bombs

The drone enables a variety of new applications with gripper arms. So, the 20 kg heavy drone can pick items from collapse-prone buildings with their two five-axle gripper arms which can no longer be accessed by people.

It is good to bring life-saving position buoys or measuring buoys in the ocean or to pick up hazardous material. It is but also quite profane: In the presentation video on the homepage of the company can be seen to the drone in, how she fly chairs and water jugs n of an exotic resort through the area.

Drone can cut through cables

The flexible grippers allow but also the use of special tools. So is feasible to cut cable safely with the help of the new drone. Also defusing bombs should be possible with the gripping drone.

The grippers are controlled yet not autonomous, but manually. Prodrone indicates that their flying object with a software in flight is always correctly balanced. As a result, the drone even under full load with a bulky object has the same flight characteristics as in the empty air.

Sure to wind force 5 on the road

The drone with six rotors is however not very wind-stable. Sure, it flies only up to a wind speed of 36 km/h, what is regarded as a moderate wind or is classified as a wind force of 5 on the Beaufort scale.

Because it is waterproof, she can fly in all weather conditions however, their use is not limited to the sunshine. The autonomous flying object arrives at a maximum flying speed of 60 km/h and can operate at altitudes up to 5,000 m so that she can be used also in rescue operations in the mountains.


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