DelFly Nimble in hovering flight. Credits: Henri Werij, TU Delft.

DelFly Nimble

The DelFly Nimble, a new bio-inspired robot developed by MAVLab and employed for insect-flight research, is featured on the cover of the September 14 issue of the Science magazine.

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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 other.  This year, we presented our work at the 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017).  The experiments were conducted […]

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3rd place (and more) at the IMAV2017

With a 3rd place prize, a best paper prize and a best system prize at the 2017 installation of the annual International Micro Air Vehicle (IMAV2017) conference and competition in Toulouse France, we have much to discuss. So without any further delay… here we go! The IMAV kicked off with 2 days of interesting keynote […]

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Cyclone

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. To benefit from the efficiency of the wing, the drone spends most of its time in forward flight, as such, […]

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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 can detect obstacles with stereo-vision and calculate its own velocity in real-time, all on-board a STM32F4 microprocessor (168 MHz,196 Kb). […]

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DroneClash announces first two counter-drone measures

DroneClash, the first ever counter-drone competition, is announcing two of the counter-drone measures that teams must tackle during the game. The DroneClash, which takes place on 4 December in The Netherlands, aims to generate new counter-drone technology. It is organised by the TU Delft Micro Air Vehicle Lab (MAVLab) in collaboration with the Dutch National […]

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First Anti-Drone Race

DroneClash To incorporate drones in our lives in a good and safe way, we need anti-drone instruments. On 13 February the TU Delft Micro Air Vehicle Lab (MAVLab) will therefore host the first ever anti-drone competition DroneClash. During this competition, participants use their own drone(s) to take down as many other drones as possible. They […]

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Introduction to Paparazzi Autopilot

Parapazzi Introductory Course Please find the introduction to vision based control with the paparazzi autopilot on a Bebop in an Optitrack arena at: https://tudelft.github.io/coursePaparazzi/ Video Tutorials The following playlists shows how to get started with Paparazzi. Wiki If you want to know more about Paparazzi, visit the wiki: https://wiki.paparazziuav.org/wiki/Main_Page

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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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