Two-handed Drone

Two-handed Drone

The Japanese company Prodrone has released what it calls “the world’s first dual robot arm large-format drone” with the ability to carry heavy objects and perform detailed tasks.

The PD6B-AW-ARM drone weighs 20 kilograms and can carry objects with a maximum weight of 10 kilograms. It can fly for up to 30 minutes, with a maximum forward speed of 60 kilometers per hour and a maximum operating altitude of 5,000 meters.

Its two remotely operated, five-axis robotic arms are able to grasp objects varying in shape and size and have the ability to cut cables, turn dials or flick switches. The drone is also designed to be useful in performing tasks that are perilous for humans, such as retrieving hazardous materials or objects at high altitude.

The company said the industrial and commercial drone market is focused on using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for photography and filming, mapping and surveying sites, but it has not met strong demands for UAVs with carrying and transporting features.

The PD6B-AW-ARM was unveiled at the InterDrone show in Las Vegas, Nevada, but no pricing details have been announced.   Reuters