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UAV AirBurr moves, striking objects

If you observe how a fly tries to penetrate a house or fly out of a house, you will notice that it does not do this in a particularly graceful way — hitting walls and glass many times, it finally finds its way by an exception.

UAV AirBurr moves, striking objectsResearchers from the laboratory of the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland decided to use the same approach when developing a new autonomous intelligent system. latest version drone AirBurr collides in flight with various items and objects and thus builds a map of the environment.

The new model AirBurr is equipped with blades, and the entire electronic “filling” is placed in an open, flexible structure made of carbon fiber. This structure is strong enough to protect electronic components in the event of an accident, and is flexible enough to bend under pressure without destroying the structure.

In the case when the UAV is "shot down" in flight, he is able to lift himself, pushing the four legs of carbon fiber. And after, jumping on the springs of their legs, the drone can take off again and continue the flight.

An important improvement in the new UAV model can be considered its ability to learn from its accidents. By analyzing the position and strength of the collision, AirBurr can gradually outline the plan of the neighborhood, setting the boundaries of certain objects and objects. The algorithm is similar to the random direction technology that is used robots-vacuum cleaners in order to study the location of objects on the floor when cleaning.

On-board drone sensors consist of only four photodiodes that are designed to search for light sources. In addition, thanks to the use of the existing simple “strike and fall” method, the UAV has no problems navigating even in pitch darkness.

According to scientists, developers, this method can be invaluable in the development of close and / or dark places, such as caves, destroyed mines or damaged nuclear power plants. Moreover, AirBurr's unique ability to find the path to a light source will not be lost even in a cloud of thick smoke, in which laser navigation systems are useless.

The video below shows more detailed information about the new AirBurr.


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  1. Sirocco
    Sirocco 25 March 2013 07: 47
    In the case when the UAV is "shot down" in flight, he is able to lift himself, pushing the four legs of carbon fiber. And after, jumping on the springs of their legs, the drone can take off again and continue the flight. This can be said an interesting topic, And everything else is from a series of stupid things, If you step on a rake in the dark, then also a certain picture will develop laughing Isn’t it easier as bats, ultrasound.
  2. tronin.maxim
    tronin.maxim 25 March 2013 07: 49
    Of course I understand that it is necessary to construct a new one but to do it in such a way request . Eh, apparently insanity is getting stronger, maybe I'm wrong.
  3. Nayhas
    Nayhas 25 March 2013 08: 01
    Interestingly, when he pokes into the walls says "Sori, sori, ..."? With this design, it will easily catch on tree branches, roots, fittings, which usually sticks out in those places where they plan to use it ...
    1. svp67
      svp67 25 March 2013 11: 56
      In our version it will sound: "A thousand apologies! A thousand apologies" -)))
  4. valokordin
    valokordin 25 March 2013 08: 10
    Perhaps this interesting spring will work well, maybe Chubais had a hand in this?
  5. Fregate
    Fregate 25 March 2013 08: 36
    Live flies are not enough, or what? Although the device is interesting.
  6. AK-47
    AK-47 25 March 2013 09: 32
    In the case when the UAV is "shot down" in flight ...

    This is unlikely to help a downed UAV, but the use of artificial intelligence elements in an UAV is necessary, the device analyzes the commands of an operator located hundreds of kilometers away and prevents control errors.
  7. mamba
    mamba 25 March 2013 09: 49
    It is only good for demonstrating the effect of stupid throwing, like a blind man who has lost his stick. This device will not fly away from the empty room.
    Designers need to think about a system of technical vision or location.
  8. lewerlin53rus
    lewerlin53rus 25 March 2013 10: 41
    Everyone is sawing and sawing ... Right now they will swell greenery in a half-lard project, and then they will declare it insolvent. Common practice.
  9. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 25 March 2013 10: 51
    To reduce the locator is a worthy idea. The most important limitation of this equipment is weight. That is, these UAVs are closest to modern reality. All of these things actually cost a little more than sand. We immediately start the basket of this good - you look at a couple of three gets to the goal.
    The computer that controls the flying debris should be standing with the operator in a suitcase. Gizmo broke and okay, but there is a track. Now we launch something more expensive, already armed ... In general, the notion is not bad.
    1. Deformator
      Deformator April 17 2013 02: 57
      The notion is especially good in terms of damage resistance. Minidrons in this direction should be developed. Cheap and cheerful, you can send a flight by kicking a boot laughing
  10. Honory
    Honory 15 March 2016 13: 04
    An interesting example, but it’s a little useless.