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.
ARCAS keeps on advancing in the structure assembly by using autonomous aerial robots equipped with a robotic arm and onboard cameras.
New findings achieved within scene and objects recognition tasks cope with diverse and challenging factors that make difficult the detection from aerial robots such as lightning changes, occlusions, shadows or blurred images.
Researchers from the Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica industrial (Barcelona, Spain) have developed an effective algorithm which allows UAV detect a suitable localization for the installation of the assembly structure, but also recognize the bar-shaped structures in real time and with high accuracy during the insertion tasks. This is a useful feature that let onboard cameras zooming into specific parts of the scene or object facilitating the grasping labour.
This is the first set of experiments towards the perception for aerial and space manipulation of ARCAS system.
For more details, you can download the deliverable Del 3.1 Scene and object recognition from the link below.
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In the first year of the project, the ARCAS system has been specified, and new perception, planning and control methods have been developed. Furthermore, in this first year, new aerial robots (helicopters and quadrotors) with multi-joint arms have been developed, and the first control methods have been implemented.