The three-story Michigan Robotics Institute’s Fly Lab is an important axis of our motto: Algorithms in Motion! In this one-of-a-kind facility, faculty and students will develop the software, sensors, actuators, and autonomous aerial hardware that turn today’s Science Fiction into tomorrow’s Science Fact! Located right off the main atrium via a glass wall, the Fly Lab is designed to allow the public to experience the thrill of a successful flight and the agony of an uncontrolled landing (crash). This space enables the evaluation of prototype hardware and algorithms in a safe manner, thereby encouraging risk-taking for rapid exploration of ideas. The Fly Lab is located directly across the street from the new outdoor M-Air netted flight facility, giving researchers a full spectrum of environments for small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) testing. These two facilities, which will also be used by our research groups, student teams, and in our robotics courses, will allow Michigan to quickly move ideas from laptop and lab bench to first flight.
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