We would like to share two of our recent and ongoing results related to autonomous exploration and mapping in darkness. As opposed to approaches that rely on localization based on LiDAR systems, the videos below rely on visual-inertial localization with LEDs illuminating the scene appropriately. For the first case, visible-spectrum cameras are used, while for the second near-infrared cameras are employed. We believe that operation in darkness is an important feature for aerial robotics and we would like to see more in that direction.
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