Flying Robot Seabee Corps Builds Tower!

This is impressive!  Flying robots assemble a tower reminiscent of Gaudi.  Questions in my mind were how they continued to stack and keep the sides straight (in plumb).  There are orange lights in the ceiling, which seem to take care of alignment.  Clearly a prototype, once the wrinkles are ironed out it should become an areal ballet.  Eventually, using CyArk ( or LIDAR I could see heritage sites like Chitzeen Itza being recreated for future generations.   Oh, did I mention there may be military applications?

Video update: Flying robots build a 6-meter tower

By , 17:42 January 1, 2012

France's FRAC Center is hosting an exhibition built entirely by flying robots

France’s FRAC Center is hosting an exhibition built entirely by flying robots

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We were pretty impressed by the potential of these flying robots when we first covered this story in late November. Now the FRAC Centre in Orléans, France has released a video of the robot swarm in action during its current exhibition. Titled “Flight Assembled Architecture,” the live installation showcases a fleet of quadrocopters building a six meter-high tower made up of 1,500 prefabricated polystyrene foam modules.

Each quadrocopter is fitted with custom electronics and onboard sensors to allow for precision vehicle control, whilst also providing the opportunity for pre-programmed flight paths, which could include arcs and spirals. Furthermore, the fleet management technology helps avoid collisions by taking over when the flying robots get too close to each other. The same technology is also used for automating routine take-offs, landings and vehicle calibration and charging.

The exhibition was developed by Swiss architect Gramazio & Kohler and Italian robot designer Raffaello D’Andrea.

Check out the FRAC Centre’s exhibition in the video below.

Flight Assembled Architecture/Architectures volantes from FRAC Centre on



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I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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