This isn't about UAVs per se, but for students of control theory, the physics of a double pendulum (hinged in the middle) is an example of chaotic motion and notorious hard to model. Well, this guy did it. Keep watching...this is mindblowing.

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Comment by Cliff Dearden on November 26, 2010 at 11:43am
Brilliant!!!
Comment by Duane Brocious on November 26, 2010 at 12:03pm
That is the coolest video I have ever seen.

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Comment by Sandro Benigno on November 26, 2010 at 12:40pm
It's a freaking awesome nice research! (and the music too...)
Comment by Alex Arevalo on November 26, 2010 at 7:01pm
Just beautiful!
Comment by Amarnath A on November 26, 2010 at 7:24pm
great video!!!!!
Comment by Bill Noyce on November 26, 2010 at 8:38pm
respect
Comment by Geoffrey L. Barrows on November 28, 2010 at 8:20am
Awesome! It reminds me of some work in the 90's by Stanford Prof Bernard Widrow's group. They had worked out a neural network that can back up a truck+trailer, and then they extended it so that an RC truck+trailor could be driven backwards. I saw an actual demo of that in one grad student's basement. Essentially the controller would enforce a turning radius based on the input steering signal. I think for his thesis he was going to next try a double trailer. He got it working a little in simulation but I don't know about in reality.
Comment by Tom Yochum on November 29, 2010 at 10:50am
Wow! I had a lot of fun with the inverted pendulum as an undergrad, but the idea of a double pendulum makes me cringe. Well done!
Comment by James Cann on November 29, 2010 at 5:18pm
Yes, that is impressive, and it just serves to show that eventually, when the humans in the back seat consider it "The New Way It's Alway Been(tm)", autonomous aircraft will be the norm in the air.

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