30 Sep '12, 9am

Design News - News - Video: Robotic Plane Flies Indoors Without GPS #UAV

Researchers at MIT have successfully flown an autonomous, robotic plane in a confined space and around obstacles without the use of GPS. The flight by the MIT Robust Robotics Group paves the way for the development of aircraft that can fly without pilots, even in remote areas where GPS may not be available. MIT’s Robust Robotics Group flew a fixed-wing vehicle around the parking garage under a university building, navigating pillars safely, with only the use of onboard sensors to direct the path of the plane, according to the university. Researchers at MIT flew an autonomous robotic plane in an enclosed area around obstacles, demonstrating that it is possible to build a self-navigational, fixed-wing vehicle that can fly at high speeds safely without the use of GPS. (Source: MIT) The flight was achieved through the use of custom algorithms the team developed to determine tr...

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