Roofing drone nails down shingles

September 23, 2019
The roofing octocopter, equipped with a nail gun, is parked near the mock roof. By setting the wooden panel at different inclines, the researchers simulated roofs with different slopes. Image credit: Matthew Romano, Michigan Robotics.

An octocopter capable of attaching asphalt shingles to roofs with a nail gun has been demonstrated at the University of Michigan’s M-Air, an outdoor autonomous system testing lab.

This aerial vehicle can position the nail gun, place the nail, and move to the next point without needing a human at the controls.

“For me, the biggest excitement of this work is in recognizing that autonomous, useful, physical interaction and construction tasks are possible with drones,” said Ella Atkins, a professor of aerospace engineering and robotics.

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New Texbook available: Fundamentals of Aerospace Navigation and Guidance

October 1, 2014

Fundamentals of Aerospace Navigation and Guidance is the newest textbook from University of Michigan professors Pierre T. Kabamba and Anouck R. Girard, designed to cover the fundamentals of modern aerospace navigation and guidance. The book’s heavy adaptability renders it suitable for practicing engineers as well as for graduate-level use and general self-study. The text explores the symbiotic relationship between navigation and guidance and the importance of understanding these two concepts in union. Other concepts explored in the text include deterministic and stochastic systems theory, optimization, and differential games. The text also includes illustrated figures and homework problems for further exploration and review of the concepts presented.

For more information, refer to: Fundamentals of Aerospace Navigation and Guidance