The ARCAS project proposes the development and experimental validation of the first cooperative free-flying robot system for assembly and structure construction.
ARCAS will provide integrated and consolidated scientific foundations for flying robot perception, planning and control. In particular, ARCAS will produce a framework for the design and development of cooperating flying robots for assembly operations.
The integration of these functionalities will pave the way for new applications and services in aerial and space robotics. The building of platforms for the evacuation of people in rescue operations, the installation of platforms in uneven terrains for landing of manned and unmanned VTOL aircrafts, the cooperative inspection and maintenance and the construction of structures, are some examples of aerial robotics' potential.
A very interesting report about the ARCOW project was broadcast in Spanish RN5 station. Watch it as video here: https://youtu.be/oBwlae8XxXAARCOW project (Aerial Robot Co-Worker in Plant Servicing) will research on the use of aerial robots for logistic tasks indoor. This kind of aerial robots may contribute to the implementation of the automatisation processes, providing important characteristics such as flexibility, short-time answer and the capacity to perform different tasks depending on requirements.
Prof Anibal Ollero was interviewed on Spanish TV. UAVs development and future possibilities are discussed. Watch the complete video here: http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/para-todos-la-2/para-todos-2-debate-drones/3059503/
Next Tuesday, 26th May, 2015, the workshop "Aerial Robotics Manipulation and Load Transportation" will be held during the ICRA 2015 Conference in Seattle, Washington, USA.Focusing on these two relevant functionalities of aerial robots, the agenda is packed with the latests advances in the field by top-class researchers from around the world.
Read the updated information about ARCAS in the Digital Agenda for Europe blog: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/node/76864
Read the compelling article about ARCAS in the November 2014 issue of the European Commission RESEARCH*EU magazine. Please, download the reduced version from the link below, or get the full version from the EC server here.