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The Flying Machine Arena offers a safe, controlled sandbox environment allowing the testing and validation of mobile robots. Thanks to its large size, it allows the testing of fast-paced motions, be it on the ground or in the air. The Flying Machine Arena offers ideal conditions to test novel concepts thanks to a high-precision localization system, high-performance radio links, easy-to-use software structure, and safety nets enclosing the space.

The Flying Machine Arena is used in a range of projects carried out at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control and other research laboratories. Thanks to its versatile nature, it is used both as an experimental test bed in its own right and to validate other experiments.

Past Projects
  • Adaptive High-Performance Maneuvers (Sergei Lupashin)
  • Aerial Construction (Federico Augugliaro)
  • Cooperating Flying Vehicles (Robin Ritz)
  • Flying Machine Enabled Construction
  • A Flying Ring (Rajan Gill)
  • Increased autonomy (Mark Mueller)
  • Iterative Learning (Angela Schoellig)
  • Music in Motion (Federico Augugliaro)
  • Optimality-Based Quadrotor Flight Maneuvers (Markus Hehn)
  • The IDSC Tailsitter (Robin Ritz)
  • An Omni-Directional Aerial Vehicle (Dario Brescianini)
  • Ultra-Wideband Localization (Anton Ledergerber)



Rajan Gill, Mark W. Mueller, and Raffaello D’Andrea, “A Full-order Solution to the Attitude Reset Problem for Kalman Filtering of Attitudes”, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 2020.
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Bas van der Heijden, Anton Ledergerber, Rajan Gill, and Raffaello D’Andrea, “Iterative Bias Estimation for an Ultra-Wideband Localization System”, IFAC World Congress, To Appear 2020.
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Rajan Gill and Raffaello D’Andrea, “An Annular Wing VTOL UAV: Flight Dynamics and Control”, Drones, 2020.
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