E253: Flying Robots: from Small Drones to Aerial Taxis

Aerial robots are increasingly becoming part of our daily lives. This course is aimed at a broad audience and intends to give an introduction to the main considerations made when designing aerial robots. We will consider sizes ranging from less than 1 kilogram to vehicles that can carry multiple passengers. Using simple physics, we will derive some fundamental constraints and trade-offs. We will also discuss autonomy of such systems, and specifically different components used in the sense-decide-act feedback control loop.