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Building Tensile Structures with Flying Machines

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Published on Oct 31, 2013

Building tensile structures with flying machines in the ETH Zurich Flying Machine Arena.

The video shows quadrocopters assembling prototypical tensile structures. This is part of a body of research in aerial construction, a field that addresses the construction of structures with the aid of flying machines.

The video demonstrates that flying machines are capable of autonomously spanning a rope between two support points. They can also create surface structures by using already placed ropes as new support points. Furthermore, multiple machines can work together thus extending the type of realizable structures.

More information and related publications can be found on the project website: http://www.idsc.ethz.ch/research-dand...

* Researchers
Federico Augugliaro, Ammar Mirjan, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, and Raffaello D'Andrea

Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control (IDSC), ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Professorship for Architecture and Digital Fabrication, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

* Music
Aerial Alegretto, Weerthof - http://www.weerthof.com
Used with kind permission of the composer.

* Location
ETH Zurich, Flying Machine Arena - http://www.FlyingMachineArena.org

* Acknowledgments
This work is supported by and builds upon prior contributions by numerous collaborators in the Flying Machine Arena project. See http://www.flyingmachinearena.org/people .
This work was supported by the Hartmann Müller-Fonds on ETH Research Grant ETH-30 12-1 and by the SNSF (Swiss National Science Foundation).

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