IKE's Blog (28)

First champion crowned for FPV drone racing UK

James Bowles has been crowned UK champion following the first UK FPV drone racing national event organised by the British FPV drone racing association. The event was held at…

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Added by IKE on September 9, 2015 at 4:27pm — 1 Comment

‘Tailsitter’ flying robot hovers and recovers easily, by ETH Zurich

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a new algorithm for robustly controlling a tailsitter flying machine in hover position.

Read more on Robohub

Added by IKE on June 4, 2015 at 1:49pm — 5 Comments

Multiple tethered quadrotors performing high-g, high-speed formation maneuvers

Τhis video shows tethered quadrocopters flying steadily together at high speeds exceeding 50 km/h in a confined space. With the tether exerting more than 13 gs of centripetal force, multiple quadrotors are able to fly 1.7m- radius circular trajectories in formation across different orientations in space and then successfully perform a coordinated braking…

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Added by IKE on May 5, 2015 at 1:18pm — 3 Comments

Amazon Prime Air gets an updated FAA exemption

In a 9-page legal letter, with 28 itemized conditions and limitations, the FAA issued an exemption to Amazon to enable Prime Air to test in US airspace.…

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Added by IKE on April 13, 2015 at 9:11am — 4 Comments

Quadrotor automatically recovers from failure or aggressive launch, without GPS

Researchers from the Robotics and Perception Group from the University of Zurich, developed a new technology that allows a quadrotor to automatically recover and stabilize from any initial condition without relying…

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Added by IKE on March 30, 2015 at 11:48am — 10 Comments

Europe agrees on regulatory drone framework to move industry forward

During a two-day conference in Riga, the European aviation community found broad…

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Added by IKE on March 28, 2015 at 7:32am — No Comments

Drones are making their mark in entertainment.

This fall, Fjuze – an entertainment company from the Netherlands – hopes to launch a massive drone entertainment show at the Amsterdam Arena. Aptly called …

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Added by IKE on February 12, 2015 at 1:36pm — 1 Comment

Canada’s regulations for foreign commercial UAV operators

Canada’s relatively favorable framework for commercial UAV operations is attracting interest among foreign operators who are frustrated with restrictions in their home jurisdictions. The following provides a breakdown of Canadian regulations affecting foreign commercial operators:…

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Added by IKE on January 12, 2015 at 12:17pm — 3 Comments

"Sparked" short film: The dance between human and machine never looked quite like this



This 5-minute short film featuring quadrotors was produced in collaboration between the entertainment company Cirque du Soleil, researchers at ETH Zurich’s Flying Machine Arena, and their spin-off company Verity Studios. Everything you see is real — no CGI, wires, or speed-ups/slow-downs were used in the production of the film.

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Added by IKE on September 22, 2014 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Drone Adventures in Philippine’s South East coast hit by Typhoon Haiyan

Six months ago, Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippine’s South East coast. Now Drone Adventures is helping the reconstruction effort by providing…

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Added by IKE on May 7, 2014 at 12:51pm — 6 Comments

Fukushima photo essay by Drone Adventures

Drone Adventures teamed up with Taichi Furuhashi, researcher at the …

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Added by IKE on April 2, 2014 at 1:57pm — 1 Comment

Onboard quadrocopter failsafe: flight after actuator failure

This video presents the latest iteration of  IDSC's Flying Machine Arena failsafe algorithm (previous post here). In this video there's a pilot flying…

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Added by IKE on March 3, 2014 at 5:49pm — 12 Comments

Quadrocopter failsafe algorithm

Mark Mueller from the Flying Machine Arena website and the …

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Added by IKE on December 3, 2013 at 5:53pm — 18 Comments

A view behind the scenes at TED Global, quadrotor “athletes” demo

Raffaello D’Andrea, and the ETH Flying Machine Arena will perform a demo on TED Global. Take a look at the preparation behind the scenes…

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Added by IKE on June 11, 2013 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Drone Adventures in Haiti (Robohub)

For their first humanitarian mission, Adam and Emanuele from Drone Adventures went to Haiti to explore the potential use of drones to map encampments, riverbeds and entire villages.…

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Added by IKE on May 29, 2013 at 10:42am — 2 Comments

Quads Throwing and catching an inverted pendulum

 

[copying from Robohub]

 

Two of the most challenging problems tackled with quadrocopters so far are balancing an inverted pendulum and …

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Added by IKE on February 21, 2013 at 10:30am — 18 Comments

Quadrocopter air racing - Flying Machine Arena team / ETH Zurich

Angela Schoellig and the Flying Machine Arena team at ETH Zurich have developed and implemented algorithms…

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Added by IKE on November 8, 2012 at 5:06am — No Comments

Flying Robots Cooperate, Throw and Catch Balls

 

New video from ETH Zurich’s Flying Machine Arena, you can read more on Robohub

http://robohub.org/video-watch-flying-robots-cooperate-throw-and-catch-balls/



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Added by IKE on September 27, 2012 at 3:50pm — 17 Comments

UAV-01 concept by Intelligenia Dynamics.

This is a new-platform from a Spanish start-up called Intelligenia Dynamics. It has four double co-axial motor/propellers and it is part of their upcoming product line of commercial uavs and services. You can read more at their website: http://www.iuavs.com/en/pages/index

(via robots.net / …

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Added by IKE on May 4, 2012 at 8:52am — 8 Comments

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