Documentary about the first autonomous outdoor quadcopter flock

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Collective Motion of Flying Robots (Drones)

Drones are starting to become part of our lives. A single drone can take aerial footage, follow a target, deliver stock. But can you imagine what a flock of drones could do?

At Eötvös University, Department of Biological Physics we are involved in carrying out research on the group flight of drones. We are highly motivated by the potential Applications of Autonomous Drone Flocks. By autonomous we mean that our robots control themselves to achieve the task they are assigned to in a self-organized, decentralized way.

Application Potential

Collective search: a flock of drones can typically be used in search/rescue/hunt operations with onboard cameras/heatcams. Multiple units perform much better than a single drone, since they can cover an area more efficiently while looking for a possibly moving target.

Agricultural monitoring: imagine a flock of drones humming above your plantation without stepping on fresh sprouts, measuring environmental conditions, assessing growth rate, delivering nutrients or pesticides locally in small amount.

Event surveillance: No need for expensive cranes or helicopters any more, a flock of drones can perform continuous surveillance or can provide multiple viewpoints anywhere from the sky.

News Source: hal.elte.hu

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