Development of Aerobots for Satellite Emulation, Architecture and Art

  • Inna Sharf
  • M. S. Persson
  • David St-Onge
  • Nicolas Reeves
Part of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics book series (STAR, volume 88)


In this paper, we present two unique aerobots: the spherical blimp used for satellite emulation and the cubic blimp developed for use in floating architecture and visual art. The blimp designs bear a number of similarities, in particular, their construction with an exoskeleton, full actuation to enable six-dof motion and requirement for autonomous localization. Experimental results are presented to demonstrate the closed-loop control for station-keeping, as well as the selected performance statistics such as maximum speeds attained and time the aerobots can remain afloat. Additional qualitative results are presented from the experiments with satellite capture and artistic performances and common challenges with further use in the intended and new applications will be outlined.


Carbon Fiber Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Unscented Kalman Filter Neutral Buoyancy Spherical Airship 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Inna Sharf
    • 1
  • M. S. Persson
    • 1
  • David St-Onge
    • 2
  • Nicolas Reeves
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Intelligent MachinesMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.NXI Gestatio Design Lab, School of DesignUniversity of QuebecMontrealCanada

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