iRonCub - Banner
Untitled Basic Web Content
We give humanoid robots
the ability to fly
The current state of the art in robotics lacks a platform able to combine the following capabilities:
- Manipulation: to open doors, move objects, close valves;
- Aerial locomotion: to perform outdoor inspection and to move from one building to another;
- Bipedal terrestrial locomotion: to perform indoor inspection and climb stairs.
Hence, we define aerial humanoid robotics as the outcome of the platforms having the three above capacities.
[aerial] Research on the flight control of flying humanoid robots
Untitled ST - Text content + media
Built on top of iCub v2.5, it is endowed with 4 jet engines, two of them mounted on the arms and the other two on a jetpack attached to the robot’s back. A few modifications of the hardware design were required to support the external engines, such as the development of a new spine in titanium and the addition of heat-resistant covers for heat protection. The robot with jet engines weights about 45 kg. The turbines can provide a maximum thrust force of more than 750N, and the exhaust temperature reaches over 600 degrees.