Category APPS

TOY DRONES USED AS SPACE CRAFT

Drone ‘space ship’ app to help

robots on future missions

The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0.

European Space Agency scientists have developed a smartphone app that turns a toy drone into a virtual spacecraft on a mission to dock with the International Space Station, and uses crowd-sourced data from its manoeuvres to improve artificial intelligence on future missions.

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The free AstroDrone app for the iPhone and iPad allows owners of the French-built Parrot A.R — an advanced mini drone that flies around with the aid of four rotors — to simulate a docking with the ISS, a task until now only done by astronauts.

Playing this game turns you into a real astronaut – it feels like you are in space.  

Guido de Croon, ESA’s Advance Concepts Team research fellow

As the drone, which cost around 300 euros ...

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