Quadcopters weave a rope bridge you can walk on

Using quadrocopters and some rope, researchers have woven together ...Made at the ETH Zurich Flying Machine Arena in Switzerland, the bridge joins two scaffolds, and is the first full-scale load-bearing structure autonomously built by flying machines.

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Comment by Federico Boldori on September 18, 2015 at 9:47am

Wonderful application!!

Comment by RPM on September 18, 2015 at 10:02am

Wow! This is amazing, great work. Is there collision avoidance in use here or is it all meticulously designed flight paths? Can't wait to read more.

Comment by Tobias Witting on September 18, 2015 at 12:52pm

it's described in the linked article. They use a camera based motion capture system.

"The project was developed at the Flying Machine Arena [4], a research and demonstration platform for aerial robotics. The arena is equipped with a motion capture system that provides vehicle position and attitude measurements for the small custom quadrocopters. An offboard computer runs the algorithms and sends commands out to the flying machines via a customized wireless infrastructure."

It is a totally amazing achievement!

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on September 18, 2015 at 2:19pm

Very cool.  

I can't wait until this sort of thing is possible outdoors.

Comment by Hugues on September 19, 2015 at 12:28am

3D spatial localization to do this requires centimeters or even millimetric precision. That is possible in such a lab environment with the camera based motion system. I do not know yet of a technology that would allow this to work outdoors ?

Comment by Jordan Campbell on September 20, 2015 at 4:20pm

@Hugues, I don't know of one yet, but if the control systems are there already, its just a matter of time waiting for the hardware to catch up. Perhaps the new Qualcomm vision system boards could be put to the test when released?


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