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grip pad

Ships over a certain size should have a robotic helicopter pad.
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Why make a helicopter winch a patient when you could land?

In this evolving era of robotics, could a landing pad be designed with a robotic arm that reaches up and assists a helicopter to land. This would only be needed in rough weather but it would give that extra security needed to land a helicopter in rough seas.

I was thinking if the helicopter is ranging three dimensionally 5m and the ship is listing 30 or 40 degrees, this is a tall order. If a robotic arm is strong enough to lift and swing around a helicopter, imagine a helicopter on the end of a Hiab arm, then a quick coupler, at the best balance point on the chopper, can used to reel in the aircraft with a robotic arm.

I know it is easy to imagine, scifi wise, but robotics are playing ball games so this isn't too far off. Just a few magnitudes of scale in speed and mass.

Of course taking off is the easy part. You does want to be thrown in the air?

wjt, Apr 08 2017

Guinness World Records: Strongest robot arm http://www.guinness...strongest-robot-arm
1.119 Mg capacity. Six-axis. Still accurate as of 2017 AFAICT. [notexactly, Apr 09 2017]

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       Giant robot arm ship to ship helicopter tennis
pocmloc, Apr 09 2017
  

       //..tennis//
Sp: badminton. The rotors (powered or not) will affect the path from one t'other.
neutrinos_shadow, Apr 09 2017
  

       This sort of technology application, wharves, spacestations, shopping trolley stations, is going to needed fast positional analysis as well as quick, accurate strength movement, as [neutrinos shadow] pointed out.   

       Some sort of segmented pole to side-step rotor blades seems advisable.
wjt, Apr 10 2017
  

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