The nominating institution University of Calgary on the breakthrough:

Compared to airplanes, helicopters provide improved maneuverability. But one limitation of rotorcraft is that take-off and landing on non-horizontal surfaces is problematic. Ramirez-Serrano’s innovative design allows flying in impenetrable environments, and performing acrobatic maneuvers at zero speed.

Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Engineering, Mobility & Transportation, Robotic, Aerospace