Autonomous Flight of Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicles

Sjoerd Tijmons

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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Many types of drones have emerged over the last decade and new applications in various sectors are announced almost on a daily basis. In scientific literature, small drones are called Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs). Especially very small MAVs will play a significant role in indoor applications, since their small size allows them to navigate in narrow, cluttered environments. At the same time, many indoor applications will benefit from MAVs becoming fully autonomous. That will allow these vehicles to operate in areas that cannot be accessed by humans for various reasons.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Mulder, M., Supervisor
  • de Croon, G.C.H.E., Supervisor
Award date12 Dec 2017
Print ISBNs978-94-6233-834-0
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Stereo Vision
  • Obstacle Avoidance
  • Micro Air Vehicles
  • Flapping Wings
  • Robotics
  • Autonomous Flight
  • Indoor Flight
  • Self- Supervised Learning
  • Attitude Estimation And Control
  • Wing Actuation Mechanism


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