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The GRASP Multiple Micro-UAV Testbed

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4 Author(s)
Nathan Michael ; GRASP Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104 6228 USA. ; Daniel Mellinger ; Quentin Lindsey ; Vijay Kumar

In the last five years, advances in materials, electronics, sensors, and batteries have fueled a growth in the development of microunmanned aerial vehicles (MAVs) that are between 0.1 and 0.5 m in length and 0.1-0.5 kg in mass [1]. A few groups have built and analyzed MAVs in the 10-cm range [2], [3]. One of the smallest MAV is the Picoftyer with a 60-mmpropellor diameter and a mass of 3.3 g [4]. Platforms in the 50-cm range are more prevalent with several groups having built and flown systems of this size [5]-[7]. In fact, there are severalcommercially available radiocontrolled (PvC) helicopters and research-grade helicopters in this size range [8].

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IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 3 )