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GRASP Lab's Pelican On "Good Morning America"
Friday April 1, 2011
Penn Engineering has developed a suite of autonomous aerial robots that can
autonomously navigate into unknown, three-dimensional environments, explore to
obtain valuable information about the environment from its sensors and transmit
this information in the form of a three-dimensional map to human operators who
are safely located in a remote spot. All of the calculations required to fly,
explore and map a structure is done onboard the robot; they do not rely on a
human operator to control them. Because of their relatively low cost, tens or
even hundreds of these robots could conceivably be dispatched in inaccessible,
hazardous locations bringing back all the information required for disaster
Most recently, one of the robots made a live appearance Friday, April 1, on “Good Morning America” in New York. Research Assistant Professor Nathan Michael and PhD/MSE student Frank Shen of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics were on hand, demonstrating the robot’s autonomous hovering as “GMA” host George Stephanopoulos talked about how such robots could be used in the ongoing disaster-relief efforts in Japan.
Watch the “Good Morning America” segment here.
Hovering Test with Camera on GMA...Pictures