Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sign in | Create Account

RoboCopter

Leaving stabilization of the helicopter to an automatic control system, the pilot issued high-level commands – go higher, move sideways and turn, go slightly lower. Although the feat appeared simple, Associate Professor Eric Feron, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Vladislav Gavrilets, chief engineer for the helicopter project, demonstrated a complex maneuver never before performed autonomously by a helicopter.

The robotic helicopter, outfitted with a video camera so it can take a bird's-eye view of the Institute, rolled 180 degrees, flew upside-down for an instant, and then completed a half-loop to end up flying upright in the opposite direction. This maneuver, called a split-S, allows an aircraft to reverse direction quickly in a horizontally confined space. It is one of a variety of aggressive, agile maneuvers that the next generation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be expected to perform in military combat. Previously, such stunts required the skill of an elite pilot. The technology developed by the MIT team makes it possible for anyone to operate an aerobatic craft.

Comments (1)

How can I get 1 of these? I want it for Electronic News Gathering. Please let me know by contacting me via yourtechexpert {at} yahoo com also what is the cost for a unit with a quality Wireless video camera? This would be so useful for my video effeorts.

Thanks!

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous User

You need to log in, in order to post comments. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up now!

MIT Video Productions

MIT Video Productions

Category: Education | Updated 1 day ago

Created
January 22, 2008 15:47
Category
Tags
License
All Rights Reserved (What is this?)
Additional Files


Viewed
14843 times

More from MIT Video Productions

Ethanol boosted gasoline engine

Ethanol boosted gasoline engine

Added over 7 years ago | 00:02:27 | 24803 views

MIT economist Peter Diamond wins Nobel Prize

MIT economist Peter Diamond wins No...

Added 4 years ago | 00:27:38 | 7827 views

Parade

Parade

Added over 7 years ago | 00:04:16 | 9852 views

Spheres - Synchronized Position Hold Engage Re-orient Experimental Satellites

Spheres - Synchronized Position Hol...

Added almost 7 years ago | 00:03:46 | 19998 views

Toco

Toco

Added over 6 years ago | 00:07:01 | 19242 views

Laboratory for Human and Machine Haptics

Laboratory for Human and Machine Ha...

Added almost 7 years ago | 00:03:52 | 25456 views