ONERA, the French aerospace lab, develops research studies in aerial robotics for more than ten years. In this context, the team COPERNIC is composed of research engineers and PhD students working on embedded perception and control for autonomous aerial vehicles in complex indoor environments. Located near Paris, our team operates two Asctec Pelican© and mobile robots to validate experimentally our developments on embedded perception and autonomous command. http://www.onera.fr/en/tis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuVqO3Op3_M
ONERA is a Research member in the Eiffel Team. ONERA brings strong expertise on visual SLAM, environment modeling and control law design for micro aerial vehicles. In particular, ONERA will be referent for all perception tasks (multi-sensor state estimation, environment modeling) and for autonomous on-line collision-free trajectory calculation.
ONERA studies embedded perception for MAV applications for 5 years. The 3DSCAN processing chain has been successfully implemented on a MAV for mixed indoor/outdoor trajectories and is used for autonomous exploration by a mobile robot. ONERA also develops guidance and control algorithms for different robotics applications: MAV, swarms and mobile robots. We investigate more particularly model predictive control. ONERA has partnerships with power and transportation companies about industrial applications of MAV in GPS-denied and cluttered environments.