Genius Robotic Airplane Flies In Tight Spaces [VIDEO]

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August 12, 2012 by Volamoot at Mashable!

Students in MIT’s Robust Robotics program have defied the laws of airplanes.

They have created a robotic airplane that can fly at high speeds, through obstacles, using only on-board sensors. And it’s doing all that without benefit of GPS. The students set out to create “autonomous plane navigation in confined spaces,” and that’s exactly what they did.

Using a laser rangefinder, the plane calculates 15 different variables while in flight — keeping it from crashing into things.

The MIT researchers completed a serious of flight tests around pillars in the parking garage under their labs. The plane worked like a charm — gliding and threading,…
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