Science, technology and the future of small autonomous drones

@article{Floreano2015ScienceTA,
  title={Science, technology and the future of small autonomous drones},
  author={Dario Floreano and Robert J. Wood},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2015},
  volume={521},
  pages={460-466}
}
We are witnessing the advent of a new era of robots — drones — that can autonomously fly in natural and man-made environments. These robots, often associated with defence applications, could have a major impact on civilian tasks, including transportation, communication, agriculture, disaster mitigation and environment preservation. Autonomous flight in confined spaces presents great scientific and technical challenges owing to the energetic cost of staying airborne and to the perceptual… Expand

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