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Rajan Gill


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Rajan Gill received his B.A.Sc in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2012, and his M.A.Sc in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2015. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) in the area of design and control of flying vehicles.



by   -   August 9, 2016
The Flying Ring in action. Source: Rajan Gill/YouTube
The Flying Ring in action. Source: Rajan Gill/YouTube

The Flying Ring is a new flying vehicle being developed at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich. The goal of the project is to fully characterize all aerodynamic properties of the vehicle. While traditional quadcopters are agile and carry high payloads they are not efficient in forward flight, with traditional lift to drag ratios comparable to a fruit fly. The Flying Ring vehicle, however, can fly on its side, allowing the blades to propel it forward faster than a typical quadcopter.