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Towards Aerial Physical Locomotion: the Contact-Fly-Contact Problem

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In this paper we consider the problem of letting an aerial robot exploiting its contact with the environment in order to enhance its motion possibilities, in a way reminiscent of legged robots exploiting contact forces for locomotion purposes. As a representative and initial case study, we consider a quadrotor equipped with a 1-DOF arm able to hook at some pivot points, and needing to perform a maneuver from an initial hooked configuration to a final hooked configuration while passing though a free-flight phase between the two anchor points. To this end, we propose a dynamical modeling able to capture the various phases (hooked, free-flying) together with an optimization framework for generating optimal motion plans compatible with actuation constraints. Simulation results illustrate the effectiveness of the approach and the promising potential in terms of more advanced maneuvers.
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hal-01704043 , version 1 (08-02-2018)

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Quentin Delamare, Paolo Robuffo Giordano, Antonio Franchi. Towards Aerial Physical Locomotion: the Contact-Fly-Contact Problem. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2018, 3 (3), pp.1514-1521. ⟨10.1109/LRA.2018.2800798⟩. ⟨hal-01704043⟩
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