Flocking drones fall into line by themselves

From Slate:

Swarming in the evening sky over a field, 10 quadcopters were instructed to form a circle. They are designed to communicate with one another to fly cooperatively, like birds in a flock, and they fell into line, each knowing its neighbor's position. The technology is the first of its kind (PDF).

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Comment by Andrew Rabbitt on March 30, 2014 at 5:04pm

Given the difficulty I've seen guys having keeping one multirotor in the air, it's enormously impressive they've managed to do this with a whole flock!

Comment by John Githens on March 30, 2014 at 5:10pm

Thanks for posting that link to a remarkably well-written, 7 page document.

Comment by Ben on March 30, 2014 at 6:16pm
Comment by earthpatrol on March 30, 2014 at 10:42pm

Very impressive and great to see folks having success outside of a "lab environment." Expecting to see many more of these types of multi multi-rotor technologies/demonstrations in the near future. Flock on.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on March 31, 2014 at 6:56am

Andrew, it's not actually that hard to keep a multirotor in the air, only some people have trouble with it, but they post a lot of videos. ;)

Comment by Pedals2Paddles on March 31, 2014 at 8:04am

I don't know. This might getting just a little bit TOO self-aware.


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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on March 31, 2014 at 9:48pm

There is another really great swarm flight sone by Ars Electronica lab in Austria. 49 quads flying on different patterns with lights under those. About 2 years ago they made this nice video. Their works is rather impressive too. 

@Chris I think we are soon getting ready to do that show for Eric in Burning man happening :)

Comment by Jack Crossfire on April 1, 2014 at 4:38am

Surprised that guy isn't working at Sparkfun, with that beard.

Comment by Uttam pudasaini on April 7, 2014 at 1:04am

I have been asking with different queries for last few weeks .But i m not getting any response on any of my queries.I was so excited to be a part of this community but things have become much worse now :(

Comment by Pedals2Paddles on April 7, 2014 at 4:18am

@Uttam Pudasaini, You have asked two questions.  One was 2 days ago on a Saturday night.  The other was three hours ago, posted at the exact same time as your off-topic complaint in this blog.  If you want answers, you are going to have to be patient and allow for people to read and answer them.  We are not all sitting on this website 24/7 waiting for you to ask a question.

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