[robotics-worldwide] [news] Android version of robotic crowd sourcing app "Astro Drone" for Parrot AR drone

guido_de_croon g.c.h.e.decroon at tudelft.nl
Fri May 9 03:22:35 PDT 2014

The Advanced Concepts Team of the European Space Agency has just released the
Android version of the game called "Astro Drone". People who possess a
Parrot AR drone can play the game, in which they are challenged to perform
different space missions in an augmented reality. In the first level you
have to dock to the International Space Station, in the second level you
have to enact ESA's Rosetta mission by avoiding space debris and releasing
the Philae lander.

However, the app is more than a game. Players can choose to participate in a
scientific crowd-sourcing experiment that aims to improve autonomous
capabilities of space probes, such as landing, obstacle avoidance, and
docking. If participating, the app extracts visually salient features from
the images made by the drone's camera. The features are then combined with
the estimates of the drone's state (speed, height) and uploaded. The data is
used in a research aiming to improve robot navigation.

The Astro Drone app can be downloaded for free at:
The Apple store -
Google Play - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.rwb.spacegame  

Full story: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Technology
For more info: http://www.astrodrone.org/

The Astro Drone app is made in collaboration with the Micro Air Vehicle lab
of Delft University of Technology and the Artificial Intelligence department
of Radboud University Nijmegen.

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