Friday 18 June 2010

Frighteningly cool Aggressive Manoeuvres for Autonomous Quadrotor Flight

Researchers from the GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania demonstrate an autonomous quadrotor helicopter performing precise aggressive manoeuvres, flying through windows only 3 inches larger than itself and roosts on vertical surfaces.

According to its makers: "The quadrotor knows the location and orientation of the window from the motion capture system." And by virtue of its connection to an outboard wireless network computer, it uses multiple video cameras to provide very accurate attitude and position data.

While I was amused by the insectoid buzzing noises it makes as it stabilizes itself, its likely the precursor to new weapon in hostage/counter insurgency and counter terrorism?

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