Crossing gaps: Drones can build rope bridges all by themselves (VIDEO)

The drones were equipped with robotic rope spools that were used to control the tension of the rope as they were winding them on anchor points – two scaffolding structures – and on other elements of the rope. About 120 meters of lightweight high-performance polyethylene cord was used.

The bridge was tested by the engineering team working under Professor Raffaello D’Andrea.

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Previously, researchers programmed quadcopters to build a 6-meter tower from foam blocks for an exhibition in France.

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