Fascinating flight dynamics of not human-piloted AscTec Hummingbirds
Watch AscTec Hummingbirds juggling with balls fully automatic. The AscTec Hummingbird quadcopters and balls are tracked by an overhead motion capture system and controlled computer based. It’s a R&D project of a researching team around Raffaello D’Andrea of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ).
Final version from 2010: Ball juggling experiments with quadrotors in the ETH Flying Machine Arena
Mark Müller, Sergei Lupashin and Raffaello D’Andrea are leading researchers of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ). At the end of 2007 D’Andrea decided to rejoin the academic world at ETH Zurich. The conditions for his appointment were predicated on the construction of a large, indoor space for flying vehicles: the Flying Machine Arena.
Preview: Ball juggling tests with AscTec Hummingbirds
Here you can see first steps of the ball juggling project. An AscTec Hummingbird quadrocopter attempting to juggle a ball.
Further videos: http://flyingmachinearena.org/videos/
Overview of current and past research projects with the quadrotor AscTec Hummingbird: http://flyingmachinearena.org/research/
Lead researchers of the Flying Machine Arena regarding this video: Mark Müller, Sergei Lupashin and Raffaello D’Andrea
Video Assistants: Federico Augugliaro, Elena Stumm