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Compact drone uses beetle-inspired wings to snap open and take to the skies

Folding components are becoming a hallmark of drones made for pilots on the move. Portability is one thing, but the time needed to unpack the aircraft and set it in flight can be an equally important consideration when it comes to search and rescue operations, an area where drones are showing real potential. By studying the intricate folding patterns of beetle wings, scientists in Switzerland have developed a drone that opens up and takes to the skies in less than a second with a couple of swift movements.
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