Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Multiple Vehicles in the Flying Machine Arena

Yesterday we shot and quickly edited together a short new video showing three quadrocopters flying in the Flying Machine Arena. With the right parameters, we can make them *just* clip their rotors and keep flying as if nothing happened!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Distributed Flight Array

A short video which introduces the Distributed Flight Array which is being developed at ETH Zurich. This multi-propeller platform consists of autonomous single-propeller modules that are able to drive, dock with their peers, and fly in a coordinated fashion. These modules are organized as distributed computational units with minimal sensory input. This is a complex system that is rich in dynamics with much room to explore various strategies of distributed estimation and control. Several demonstrations in docking, driving, and flight have proven its feasibility. The work shown here was completed by the 2008/9 AYIM class ( For more information, visit:

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Let's dance!

Our first dance performance :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Some flips..

We like flips. We *really* like flips. But then again, who doesn't??

We started with sluggishly slow 300 deg/s flips back in Nov '08:

... some months later we found ourselves flipping a bit faster, at 840 deg/s:

... which we rigged up to be controlled with a 'wand':

...double flips, this time at 1000 deg/s:

... and, finally, 1300 deg/s triple flips (that learn from iteration to iteration!)

More to come!