Multiple tethered quadrotors performing high-g, high-speed formation maneuvers 

This video shows tethered quadrocopters flying steadily together at high speeds exceeding 50 km/h in a confined space. With the tether exerting more than 13 gs of centripetal force, multiple quadro...
05 May 2015, by

Quadrotor automatically recovers from failure or aggressive launch, without GPS

When a drone flies close to a building, it can temporarily lose its GPS signal and position information, possibly leading to a crash. To ensure safety, a fall-back system is needed to help the quadro...

Live at TED Global 2013: Tweets, photos and video for quadrotor fans

Raffaello D'Andrea demos his quadrotor "athletes" at TED Global 2013. Update with the full video below Check out live tweets, amazing photos, TED blog posts and awesome video coverage of the session...
11 June 2013, by

How about we *not* make killer robots: Daniel Suarez at TEDGlobal 2013 | TED Blog

Technology thriller author, most recently of the book Kill Decision, Daniel Suarez has been thinking about drones for some time. But as he says, as he stands onstage at TEDGlobal 2013, he’s not h...
11 June 2013, by

Athletic machines: Raffaello D’Andrea at TEDGlobal 2013 | TED Blog

“Athletic” is a term we use to describe human beings. But could it also be used to describe a machine? In a demo recorded yesterday in his robot lab at TEDGlobal 2013, systems engineer Raffaell...
11 June 2013, by

Those Flying Things: The speakers in Session 2 at TEDGlobal 2013 | TED Blog

When it comes to drones, a lot of ideas float in the ether. Technologists see potential for flying machines to help us in all sorts of unexpected ways, governments take measures that seem hard and fix...
11 June 2013, by

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Video: Throwing and catching an inverted pendulum – with quadrocopters

Two of the most challenging problems tackled with quadrocopters so far are balancing an inverted pendulum and juggling balls. My colleagues at ETH Zurich's Flying Machine Arena have now combined the t...
21 February 2013, by

Surrounded by his quadrocopter drones on stage, Raffaello D’Andrea explains feedback control and talks about the coming Machine Revolution

During the 20 minute presentation, Raffaello D'Andrea revealed some of the key concepts behind his group's impressive demonstrations of quadrocopters juggling, throwing and catching balls, dancing, an...
04 February 2013, by

Video: Quadrocopter learns from its mistakes, perfects air racing

Manual programming of robots only gets you so far. And, as you can see in the video, for quadrocopters that's not very far at all (see the "Without Learning" part starting at 1:30):...
08 November 2012, by

IEEE Robotics journal compares open source FCs | DIY Drones

Doug Weibel writes: I just got the most recent issue of IEEE Robotics and Automation magazine, which has a theme of quadcopters as robotics research platforms.…... See on
30 September 2012, by

Video: Watch flying robots cooperate, throw and catch balls   My colleagues at the ETH Zurich's Flying Machine Arena have just released a new video. Here is what Robin Ritz, Lead Researcher on the project, has ...
27 September 2012, by

Quadrotor light show This video is a performance piece incorporating a troupe of 16 quadrotors. It's a very nice way to spend a few minutes....
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