Pole-Dancing Quadcopters Are Pushed to Their Physical Limits

At a lab in Switzerland, scientists push quadcopters to their physical limits in a choreographed, high-speed pole dance.

ETH Zurich’s Flying Machine Arena serves as a safe place for scientists to program and test novel quadcopter behaviors. Scientists there have taught quadcopters to juggle, run a slalom course and even play the piano.

In this case, scientists installed a poll in the middle of the room to serve as an anchor for some serious centripetal force. Quadcopters are tethered t

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