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Mark Mueller


Mark received his bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pretoria in 2008, and received awards for best final year project and best aeronautical project for his final year project "UAV Autopilot Implementation: Longitudinal control". Subsequently, with a scholarship from the Swiss government, he received a masters degree in mechanical engineering from the ETH Zurich in 2011, being awarded the Jakob Ackeret prize of the Swiss Aeronautical Association for his thesis "Quadrocopter ball juggling". Since September 2011 he has been pursuing a doctorate at the ETH Zurich under Professor D'Andrea.

The Monospinner, developed at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich, is the mechanically simplest, controllable, flying machine in existence. It has only one moving part (the rotating propeller), but can still fully control its position in space. The vehicle features no additional actuators or aerodynamic surfaces.

by   -   March 4, 2014


UPDATE 04/03/2014:

In this video update, we show that a quadrocopter can be safely piloted by hand after a motor fails, without the aid of a motion capture system. This follows our previous video, where we demonstrated how a complete propeller failure can be automatically detected, and that a quadrocopter can still maintain stable flight despite the complete loss of a propeller.