Week 4 – Flying Fools

How a dead duck changed my life

Published on Apr 1, 2013. One afternoon, Kees Moeliker got a research opportunity few ornithologists would wish for: A flying duck slammed into his glass office building, died, and then … what happened next would change his life.

Robots that fly … and cooperate

In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams — for construction, surveying disasters and far more.

Related Links

Drones Over America

March 16, 2014, 7:23 PM. Will the skies of the future be filled with buzzing drones? On 60 Minutes, Morley Safer explores the new, hardly regulated world of commercial drones.

Judge strikes down small drones ban

March 14, 2014. A federal judge slapped down the FAA’s fine for a drone operator, saying there was no law banning the commercial use of small drones.
The judge’s decision could open up the skies below 400 feet to farmers, photographers and entrepreneurs who have been battling the FAA over the use of the unmanned aerial vehicles.

And, of course, for your entertainment … Flying Fools.

NOTE: This class was originally planned for Week 1, April Fool’s eve, ergo the ‘fools’ theme. We hope you enjoy it even if it’s a few weeks later.


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