ucsd_dronelab_platforms_paradrone_2The ParaDrone is an autonomous self-propelled paraglider and belongs into the category of foldable wing platforms. Its parafoil can be easily collapsed (folded) for transport and swiftly ucsd_dronelab_platforms_paradrone_1deployed in the field, while creating the lift needed to carry sizeable payloads over long durations and distances. By design, the parafoil also doubles as a full platform rescue system. Our team is developing the ParaDrone with a broad range of applications in mind, ranging from exploration, and environmental monitoring to post-disaster reconnaissance.

This platform is also serving as an innovation driver for layered manufacturing techniques. Its 3D printed/printable airframe, enables rapid exploration and prototyping of different design strategies and use scenarios.