Development of a highly agile and programmable insect-inspired flying robot. The DelFly Nimble is controlled through adjustments of the motion of its four wings. It can hover or fly in any direction: forward, backward, up, down, or sideways. The robot, featured on the cover of the Science magazine, can be used for insect flight research.
Development of insect-inspired flight control strategies, with a focus on wind gusts rejection. A collaboration with Experimental Zoology group at Wageningen UR, funded by NWO-TTW.
Flow measurements near the wings and in the wake of a free-flying flapping wing robot using PIV and PTV techniques, with an optical motion tracking system in the loop for robot’s position control. A collaboration of MAVLab and Aerodynamics group of TU Delft.
A lightweight, yet fully autonomous insect-inspired flapping wing robot controlled by an onboard autopilot computer and a stereo vision system. Its capabilities were demonstrated in a multiroom exploration task.
Development of mathematical models of tailed and tail-less flapping wing fliers that can be used for stability analysis and control design.