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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgYM-Dgc9yE
More about our Unmanned Air Systems project can be found at https://wikis.bris.ac.uk/display/agc/Optimization-based+Exploration+for+Small+UAS
Special thanks to postdoc Colin Greatwood for his hard work in getting the flight demonstrations ready for the opening.