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Thread: Sherbrooke's Multimodal Autonomous Drone (S-MAD), Createk Design Lab, Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Sherbrooke, Canada

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    Sherbrooke's Multimodal Autonomous Drone (S-MAD), Createk Design Lab, Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Sherbrooke, Canada

    Developer - Createk Design Lab

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    Article "Autonomous Thrust-Assisted Perching of a Fixed-Wing UAV on Vertical Surfaces"

    by Dino Mehanovic, John Bass, Thomas Courteau, David Rancourt, Alexis Lussier Desbiens
    July 16, 2017

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    The S-MAD: a drone landing on walls like a bird

    Published on Aug 2, 2017

    Sherbrooke's Multimodal Autonomous Drone (S-MAD) performing autonomous landing and takeoffs from walls. Presented at Living Machines 2017, Stanford (Best Robotics Paper Award). More information can be found in the following article:

    Mehanovic, D., Bass, J., Courteau, T., Rancourt, D. and Desbiens, A.L., 2017, July. Autonomous Thrust-Assisted Perching of a Fixed-Wing UAV on Vertical Surfaces. Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems (pp. 302-314).

    Abstract:
    We present the first fixed-wing drone that autonomously perches and takes off from vertical surfaces. Inspired by birds, this airplane uses a thrust-assisted pitch-up maneuver to slow down rapidly before touchdown. Microspines are used to cling to rough walls, while strictly onboard sensing is used for control. The effect of thrust on the suspension’s landing envelope is analyzed and a simple vertical velocity controller is proposed to create smooth and robust descents towards a wall. Multiple landings are performed over a range of flight conditions.

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    Article "This Drone Has Claws, Lands on a Vertical Walls"
    Researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke designed the sweet device.

    by Louise Matsakis
    August 4 2017

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    Autonomous perching with the team from nature knows best

    Published on Sep 4, 2017

    Fully autonomous approach and wall detection...

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