Sunday, February 24, 2013

US Air Force Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicle

US Air Force Research Laboratory video animation of a flapping-wing micro air vehicle (MAV). AFRL's goal is to develop a bird-sized MAV by 2015 and an insect-sized MAV by 2030. The bird-sized MAV would be air-deployed from a larger UAV so search for weapons of mass destruction, operating semi-autonomously for up to a week.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Quadrocopter Pole Acrobatics

Published on Feb 20, 2013
This video shows two quadrocopters capable of not only balancing an inverted pendulum, but also of launching it off the vehicle and catching it again.

By Dario Brescianini, Markus Hehn, and Raffaello D'Andrea.
IDSC, ETH Z├╝rich, Switzerland
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This work is supported by and builds upon prior contributions by numerous collaborators in the Flying Machine Arena project.