Video Questions: Robots That Fly
“In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams — for construction, surveying disasters and far more” (TED).
This video provides an excellent description of how small quadrotor UAVs fly and maneuver. In addition, it describes several applications for small UAVs and the way nature contributed to the development of swarming UAV formations. It also shows a comparison of large military UAVs and small agile UAVs that can be purchased off the shelf.
For this activity, watch the following video and then answer the questions below and complete the essay.
Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly … and cooperate (16:47/YouTube)
Please read through all sections before proceeding to the next page, and refer back whenever necessary.
1. Provide a few examples of aerial robotic applications.
2. Describe how a quad UAV operates (roll, pitch, climb, etc.).
3. Describe what element in nature is the example used to develop multiple UAV swarming formations.