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Autonomous Vehicles - Quadcopter
Autonomous Vehicles - Quadcopter

LARSS participants Jake and Jacqueline were part of a multidisciplinary student research team establishing a robotics lab that can address swarming problems for autonomous air and ground vehicles.

Their team, mentored by Garry Qualls, combined commercial radio control vehicles, low cost microcontrollers, a commercial motion capture system and software they wrote themselves to get the lab up and running.

The primary aircraft currently operating in the lab are quadcopters. These small-scale aerial vehicles have four rotors that allow for precise control of altitude and attitude. The students used an open-source platform to develop autonomous navigation control software for the quadcopters.

Credit: NASA/Sean Smith

Page Last Updated: August 21st, 2013
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