Year: 2016

Flapping Wing Modelling

Model identification of small flapping wing vehicles with unsteady aerodynamics requires new approaches. Publications 2013 J. V. Caetano, C. C. de Visser, B. D. W. Remes, C. De Wagter, E. van Kampen, and M. Mulder, “Controlled Flight Maneuvers of a Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicle: a Step Towards the Delfly II Identification,” in Aiaa atmospheric […]

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Swarm Exploration with Pocketdrones

The aim of this project is to investigate and design an autonomous swarm of Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs)to do multi-robot exploration of an unstructured indoor environment. These so called pocket drones are small quadroters with a mass in the order of 20 grams and a diameter of 10 cm. It can maneuve ritself through small […]

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IMAV 2016

In the week of October 17-21, the Micro Air Vehicle lab participated in the IMAV 2016 conference and competitions, which took place at the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), in China. This year, the competitions were focused on a search-and-rescue scenario, in which drones had to find survivors, deliver buoys (outdoors) and explore a building […]

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TU Delft becomes second in first autonomous drone race

The MAV-lab team of students and researchers has become second in the first ever autonomous drone race, which took place Wednesday Oct. 12 in Daejeon, South Korea. Drone races are a new popular phenomenon. Typically, human pilots compete with each other to finish first, performing high-speed maneuvers while flying challenging circuits. At the IROS 2016 […]

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IRIDIUM CORE IR9523 CARRIER BOARD

Open Source Iridium Communication IRIDIUM CORE IR9523 Carrier Board

Iridium The MavLab released v1.0 of their Iridium Satellite Communication System. Overall it acts as a transparent link with serial communication at 9600 bps. Internally, the communication to iridium satellites is done by the an OEM module, namely the IRIDIUM CORE IR9523. The board consists of a six layer motherboard PCB. It carries the SIM-card and all […]

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Autonomous SPHERES drone learns how "to see" in zero gravity

Drone learns “to see” in zero-gravity

During an experiment performed on board of the International Space Station (ISS) a small drone successfully learned by itself to see distances using only one eye, reported scientists at the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico. Although humans effortlessly estimate distances with one eye, it is not clear how we learn this capability, […]

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DELFTACOPTER – Outback Medical Express

DELFTACOPTER is a hybrid electric UAV with exceptional efficiency both in hovering and fast forward flight. It is equipped with state of the art on-board stereoscopic wide field of view computer vision. The design combines the expertise of the MAVLab in the areas of design, propulsion, aerodynamics, control, hybrid UAV, transitioning flight, battery technology, autopilot design […]

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Author: Kirk Scheper

Guest Lecture: Prof. Guszti Eiben and The First Robotic Baby

Professor Guszti Eiben from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will be coming to our faculty at 10:00 on the 18th of March to give a one hour guest lecture on the topic “The world’s first real robotic baby”. This is an open lecture with lots of seats so all interested are invited to Lecture Room D […]

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See distances with one eye

New theory allows drones to see distances with one eye

A new theory has been published that allows drones to see distances with a single camera. TU Delft’s Micro Air Vehicle Laboratory has found that drones approaching an object with an insect-inspired vision strategy become unstable at a specific distance from the object. Turning this weakness into a strength, drones can actually use the timely […]

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