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Flybotix' Simplified Inspection Drone Design Offers Expanded Flight Times notes that “…[R]esearcher Samir Bouabdallah at EPFL and ETH Zurich, has come up with an inventive propulsion system modelled after those used by helicopters. His design, marketed through his start-up Flybotix, uses just two propellers and an algorithm-based stabilization mechanism, giving his drones ‘the aerodynamic performance of a helicopter and the mechanical stability of a quadcopter.’”  The design is less complex than traditional quadcopter planforms, reducing maintenance costs, and the larger blades are more efficient and less power consumptive than traditional configurations. For details, click here. Images courtesy of Flybotix via