Thursday, 10 May 2012

Bristol Robotics Lab now officially open

The Bristol Robotics Lab (BRL) was officially opened this morning by the Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts.  BRL is a joint venture between UWE and the University of Bristol, located at UWE's Frenchay Campus.  Aerospace colleague Tom Richardson and I are particularly excited about our newly-equipped flying arena, one of the biggest in Europe at about 15m x 12m x 4m high.  Thanks to funding from DSTL and support from Vicon and dSpace, it is now instrumented for real-time flight control and enclosed with protective nets and curtains.

Coverage of the BRL opening can be found at:

The introductory video also includes some of our flight demonstrations:

More about our Unmanned Air Systems project can be found at

Special thanks to postdoc Colin Greatwood for his hard work in getting the flight demonstrations ready for the opening.