The quadcopters at the University of Pennsylvania’s Grasp Lab have been a particular source of joy for us ever since the lab began posting videos of their flying ‘bots’ antics. We’ve seen them maneuvering through tight windows, lifting payloads as a team, and autonomously working together to build towers. What we haven’t seen them do is crash.
Until now. The Lab’s Daniel Mellinger has strung together a blooper reel of quadcopter FAILs, from payloads mishandled to maneuvers missed to midair collisions. Here’s what was left on the cutting room floor--no doubt alongside some bent propellers. Enjoy.
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