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sFly

Project reference: 231855
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Swarm of Micro Flying Robots

From 2009-01-01 to 2011-12-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 358 251

EU contribution:

EUR 2 550 000

Coordinated in:

Switzerland

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2007-3See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Micro helicopter design, vision-based motion estimation and 3D reconstruction without GPS

In the sFLY project autonomous micro helicopters are about to play major roles in tasks like search and rescue, security surveillance and law enforcement. The ability to fly allows to avoid obstacles on the ground and to have an excellent bird’s eye view. Their navigational and hovering advantages make them the ideal platform for exploration, mapping and monitoring tasks. Fully autonomous operation in cities or other dense environments involves challenges on all levels of helicopter design, perception, actuation, control, navigation and power supply that have yet to be solved. This project will focus on micro helicopter design, visual 3D mapping and navigation, low power communication and multi-robot control under environmental constraints. It will lead to novel micro flying robots that are: inherently safe due to very low weight; capable of vision-based fully autonomous navigation and mapping; capable of coordinated flight in small swarms in constrained and dense environments.

Objective

Autonomous micro helicopters are about to play major roles in tasks like reconnaissance for search and rescue, environment monitoring, security surveillance, inspection, law enforcement, etc. The ability to fly allows easily avoiding obstacles on the ground and to have an excellent bird's eye view. Therefore flying robots are the logical heir of ground based mobile robots. Its navigational and hovering advantages make them the ideal platform for exploration, mapping and monitoring tasks. If they are further realized in small scale, they can also be used in narrow out- and indoor environment and they represent only a limited risk for the environment and people living in it. However, for such operations today's systems navigating on GPS information only are not sufficient any more. Fully autonomous operation in cities or other dense environments requires the micro helicopter to fly at low altitude or indoors where GPS signals are often shadowed and to actively explore unknown environments while avoiding collisions and creating maps. This involves a number of challenges on all levels of helicopter design, perception, actuation, control, navigation and power supply that have yet to be solved.Our S and T endeavor proposed in this project will therefore focus on micro helicopter design, visual 3D mapping and navigation, low power communication including range estimation and multi-robot control under environmental constraints. It shall lead to novel micro flying robots that are:• Inherently safe due to very low weight (around 500g) and appropriate propeller design;• capable of vision-based fully autonomous navigation and mapping;• able of coordinated flight in small swarms in constrained and dense environments.

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Coordinator contact

Davide SCARAMUZZA, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +41 44 632 50 66
Fax: +41 44 632 11 81
E-mail
Davide SCARAMUZZA, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +41 44 632 50 66
Fax: +41 44 632 11 81
E-mail
Davide SCARAMUZZA, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +41 44 632 50 66
Fax: +41 44 632 11 81
E-mail
Davide SCARAMUZZA, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +41 44 632 50 66
Fax: +41 44 632 11 81
E-mail
Davide SCARAMUZZA, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +41 44 632 50 66
Fax: +41 44 632 11 81
E-mail
Davide SCARAMUZZA, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +41 44 632 50 66
Fax: +41 44 632 11 81
E-mail

Coordinator

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 1 167 235


Tannenstrasse 3
8092 Zurich
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Roland Siegwart
Tel.: +41 44 632 23 58
Fax: +41 86 079 214 49 27
E-mail

Participants

CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 340 625


Rue Jaquet-Droz
2002 NEUCHATEL
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Jean-Dominique DECOTIGNIE
Tel.: +41 32 720 5398
Fax: +41 32 720 57 20
E-mail
ASCENDING TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 300 800


GRASPERGERSTRASSE
82131 STOCKDORF
Germany
Administrative contact: Jan Stumpf
Tel.: +49-89-89949847
E-mail
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET EN AUTOMATIQUE
France

EU contribution: EUR 320 640


Domaine de Voluceau, Rocquencourt
78153 LE CHESNAY Cedex
France
Administrative contact: Agostino Martinelli
Tel.: +33476615557
Fax: +33476615210
E-mail
CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 231 058


CHARILAOU THERMI ROAD
57001 THERMI THESSALONIKI
Greece
Administrative contact: Costas Kiparissides
Tel.: +302310498210
Fax: +302310498110
E-mail
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CRETE
Participation ended
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 189 642


AGIOU MARKOU STR.
73132 CHANIA
Greece
Administrative contact: Elias Kosmatopoulos
Tel.: +30-28210-37306
Fax: +30-28210-37584
E-mail
Record Number: 89454 / Last updated on: 2016-04-11