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UAVs to Build 6 Meter Tower from Blocks

Posted 29 Nov 2011 at 19:40 UTC by steve Share This

A fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles will build a six meter high tower from 1,500 polystyrene foam blocks. The flying autonomous robots will perform this feat at the FRAC Centre in Orléans, France as part of an exhibition by Swiss architect Gramazio & Kohler with Italian roboticist Raffaello D'Andrea. Their goal is to encourage "radical new ways of thinking and materializing architecture as a physical process of dynamic formation". If you want to see the actual assembly, you'll want to be there during the first few days:

Following an initial phase lasting several days and dedicated to the assembly by flying machines of a model standing 6m high and 3.5m in diameter – made up of 1500 prefabricated polystyrene foam modules, the exhibition will feature a “megastructure” in its completed form, along with a film documenting the airborne assembly and all aspects of the exhibition.

The exhibit opens with the assembly performance on Friday December 2nd through Sunday December 4th. There will also be a lecture on the evening of December 2nd. Read on to see some of the aerial skills of the robots that will be building the tower in a video where they show off their ability to quickly transition between different 3D formations.

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