The key research area Flying Robots covers the three main domains of the Robotics and Mechatronics Center – Aeronautics, Space Robotics, and Optical Information Systems – in order to exploit synergies in the development of robotics technologies for autonomous flying platforms. The spectrum of our work ranges from low-level control and sensor data processing to mission planning and execution. We have been working on general problems for autonomous systems taking into account special issues related to flying platforms and their applications.
In parallel to traditional applications focused on aerial sensor data acquisition (photo, film, infrared and multispectral cameras) we intensively work on applications where the Flying Robots have to interact with the environment physically, e.g. installation of sensor nodes, taking samples of soil or water in inaccessible areas and even assembly of structures.