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Michael Muehlebach


Michael Muehlebach is a PhD student at ETH Zurich supervised by Raffaello D’Andrea. He received his Master degree in engineering, with specialization in Robotics, Systems, and Control from ETH Zurich in 2013. His main interests include multibody dynamics, the control of nonlinear systems, and model predictive control. He is the technical leader of the Flying Platform, a flying vehicle used to study thrust vectoring and benchmark novel control algorithms.

The Flying Platform is a new flying machine developed at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich. Its purpose is to study the use of electric ducted fans as control and propulsion systems for flying machines in applications where size is limited and high static thrusts are required, for example in aerial vehicles capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), hovercrafts or even actuated wingsuit flight. The video below shows how the thrust vectoring is used to stabilize the vehicle.