About

Gender

Male


Location

Cambridge, MA


About Me:

PhD student at MIT CSAIL working on aerial robots and graphics.


Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest

I am mostly interested in multicopters. I built customized multicopters (https://people.csail.mit.edu/taodu/copter/copter.html) and wrote software (https://github.com/mit-gfx/multicopter_design) for copter design and simulation. Homepage: https://people.csail.mit.edu/taodu/


Hometown:

Huaian, China


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Tao Du commented on Tao Du's blog post Flying a pentacopter after losing one motor
"Hi wxjlgh,

You can check equation (1) - (7) in this document to understand how to compute the throttle factor. You can also use this python script to compute the throttle factor."
Aug 21, 2018
Tao Du commented on Tao Du's blog post Flying a pentacopter after losing one motor
"I haven't seen that video before but it is pretty cool! I have seen something similar in a research paper, which stabilized a hexacopter after losing one rotor by giving up on yaw control. Both of them chose to not control yaw probably because this…"
Jul 27, 2018
Tao Du commented on Tao Du's blog post Flying a pentacopter after losing one motor
"Hi Tarik Agcayazi,
It is easy to disable a motor in software. However, depending on which four/three rotors are left, the resulting tricopter may not be controllable (I have no experience in tricopters so I could be wrong though)."
Jul 27, 2018
Tao Du posted a blog post
This was inspired by @John Hestness's comment in my last blog:"Can a pentacopter survive the loss of one motor?"I thought it sounded like a very interesting idea so I tried it during the weekend. Short answer: it depends on which motor fails. In…
Jul 24, 2018
Tao Du commented on Tao Du's blog post Pentacopter build log
"I see. That makes sense. Thank you for your clarification!"
Jul 21, 2018
Tao Du commented on Tao Du's blog post Pentacopter build log
"Hi Auturgy,

Not sure I understand what a 'stochastic controller' is. I guess you mean the LQR controller in our old paper demo and in the software. The code of our LQR controller is here:…"
Jul 21, 2018
Tao Du commented on Tao Du's blog post Pentacopter build log
"Hey John Hestness,
I haven't tried it that sounds like a really interesting idea. I tend to believe it can survive the loss of one motor. Of course, the controller code needs some modification accordingly. In ArduCopter, I guess it could be…"
Jul 21, 2018
Tao Du posted a blog post
A step-by-step guide to building my own pentacopter:https://people.csail.mit.edu/taodu/pentacopter_guide/guide.pdfEvery... (software and hardware) is open-sourced and publicly available.flight…
Jul 20, 2018