New aircraft capable of fast, accurate and repeatable flight

MIT- Tedrake and the Robot Locomotion Group, his research group at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), recently unveiled a video of a new computer-controlled aircraft that is able to accurately perform knife-edge turns, rolling 90 degrees to dart through an opening narrower than the aircraft’s wingspan. This research is part of a five-year multi-research initiative funded by the Office of Naval Research, led by Tedrake and involving researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard, MIT, New York University and Stanford University, to develop a bird-sized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of fast, accurate and repeatable flight at speeds of 10-15 meters per second. The aircraft developed by Tedrake and his team can currently operate at speeds of up to 7-8 meters per second.