• Paper: Towards a swarm with pocket drones – IROS 2017

    Paper: Towards a swarm with pocket drones – IROS 2017

    In a previous post, we showed that a tiny 40 gram pocket drone can fly autonomously inside a room. Now we stepped it up a notch, by adding another pocket drone in the mix.  This time, they are not only avoiding the obstacles and walls, but also each […]

  • Control of the Cyclone Hybrid UAV

    Control of the Cyclone Hybrid UAV

    Cyclone In cooperation with the dronelab of ENAC in Toulouse, we have developed a hybrid UAV, called ‘Cyclone’. It is hybrid in the sense that it can hover, as well as fly like an airplane. […]

  • Towards an autonomous pocket drone for indoor navigation

    Towards an autonomous pocket drone for indoor navigation

    In recent experiments, we were able to show a 40-gram pocket drone flying inside an indoor environment, autonomously, using nothing but a 4-gram stereo-camera. With a new computer vision method, called Edge-FS, the pocket drone […]

  • Diana Olejnik

    New PhD student Diana Olejnik

    We are happy to introduce a new PhD student. Diana Olejnik within the project: “Bio-inspired control and design of flapping wing MAVs”. Diana graduated from West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, Poland with a […]

  • Flapping Wing Modelling

    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, […]

  • Swarm Exploration with Pocketdrones

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Extremely light-weight Autonomous MAVs

    Extremely light-weight Autonomous MAVs

    Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) are becoming ever smaller and lighter. This opens new areas of application, mainly because of the capability to access small spaces. A straightforward example of such an application is building inspection. […]

  • Evolutionary Robotics

    Evolutionary Robotics for Micro Air Vehicles

    Small robots with limited computational and sensory capabilities are becoming more commonplace. Designing effective behaviour for small robotic platforms to complete complex tasks is a major challenge. A promising methodology to address this problem is […]

  • DelFly Explorer

    DelFly Explorer

    TU Delft researchers have developed the DelFly Explorer, the world’s first Micro Air Vehicle with flapping wings that can avoid obstacles by itself. The uniqueness of this achievement lies in the DelFly Explorer’s very low weight (20 […]