Multirotors autonomously build complex wall – The “Flight Assembled Architecture” installation

The research group of the Institute for Dynamics Systems and Control, led by Raffaello D’Andrea at the ETH of Zurich, in collaboration with a team of architects led by Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler, presented an installation in which a swarm of quadcopters autonomously pick up sequentially 1500 foam bricks (500 gr each) and position them at the right place to build a  6-meter tall tower with a sophisticated shape.

The "FAA Tower" - Source
The “FAA Tower” – Source

Interestingly, the name of the installation is “Flight Assembled Architecture“, that abbreviates to FAA. Is this just a coincidence?

The Flight Assembled Architecture installation
The Flight Assembled Architecture installation

Not only this is by itself a notable achievement, but it could maybe open a path for a radical change in the construction industry.

A quadcopter lays a brick in the correct position of the wall - (c) François Lauginie - Source
A quadcopter lays a brick in the correct position of the wall – (c) François Lauginie  –  Source

As shown in the videos below, slowly, but securely, the wall is nicely built, brick by brick.

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