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System Trains Drones to Fly Around Obstacles at High Speeds

By MIT News

August 11, 2021

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The faster drones fly, the more unstable they become. At high speeds, their aerodynamics can be too complicated to predict, making crashes a common and often spectacular occurrence.

Now, aerospace engineers at Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT) have devised an algorithm that helps drones find the fastest route around obstacles without crashing. The new algorithm combines simulations of a drone flying through a virtual obstacle course with data from experiments of a real drone flying through the same course in a physical space.

Researchers found that a drone trained with their algorithm flew through a simple obstacle course up to 20% faster than a drone trained on conventional planning algorithms.

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