Watch a tiny robot fly an aircraft nearly as well as a real pilot

September 21, 2014 11:56 pm Tags: , , No Comments 0

Pibot flying a simulator using real controls

Autonomous aircraft are likely to be the future of air travel, but we’re not quite there yet; even with autopilot systems in place, most airplanes are designed with human pilots in mind. < strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>South Korean researchers may have a clever robotic stopgap, however. Their tiny PIBOT automaton uses a mixture of flight data and visuals to fly using real controls. It still needs intervention shortly before touchdown, but it can otherwise take to the skies as well as many organic air crews — it may even be a bit better in a few areas, since it uses its camera to align neatly with the runway on takeoff and landing.

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Via: Phys.org, Popular Science

Source: IEEE Spectrum

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