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Flying Arena of the Mediterranean

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Flying Arena of the Mediterranean founded by Equipex Robotex



Two X4 MaG Aerial Robot at Marseille's Flying Arena par augustin-manecy


X4 MaG Aerial Robot at Marseille's Flying Arena par augustin-manecy


X4-MaG: an open quadrotor platform par augustin-manecy

Permanent positions for the Flying Arena:

Thibaut RAHARIJAONA, Assistant Professor, Head of the Flying Arena, Aix-Marseille Univ.

Stéphane VIOLLET, CNRS Research Director,

Franck RUFFIER, CNRS Researcher

Julien SERRES, Assistant Professor, Aix-Marseille Univ.

Marc BOYRON, Engineer, electronics, mechatronics, CNRS

Julien DIPERI, Technician, micro-mechanics, mechatronics, CNRS

Thelma COYLE, Engineer, data analysis, motion capture systems, CNRS

Engineer (fixed-term contract):

Maxime CARDONE, Engineer with SATT SE (an Accelerator of Technology Transfer company)

Ongoing PhD thesis in the Flying Arena:

Fabien COLONNIER (Dir. S. Viollet, Co-Dir. F. Ruffier), 2012-...

Stefano MAFRICA (Dir. F. Ruffier, Co-Superv. A. Servel : PhD under Industrial Research Agreement with PSA Peugeot-Citroën ), April 2013-...

Erik VANHOUTTE (Dir. F. Ruffier), 2014-...

Valentin RIVIERE (Dir. S. Viollet, Co-Dir. F. Ruffier), 2015-...

Julien DUPEYROUX (Dir. F. Ruffier, Co-Dir. J. Serres), 2015-...

Our Flying Arena (6m × 8m × 6m height) is equipped with 17 motion-capture cameras covering a uniquely reconfigurable flight space.

The flight space can be reconfigured on demand by moving down or up the motorized metallic structure supporting the cameras.

Flying Arena of the Mediterranean

CAD of our brand new flying arena composed of a motorized metallic tubular structure equipped with 17 T-40s Vicon cameras. b) The flying arena during the calibration process features a unique reconfigurable flight space by moving vertically the motorized metallic structure supporting the cameras (Photo S. Viollet et F. Ruffier).

X4-MaG quadrotor developed by ISM (Marseille) and Gipsa-Lab (Grenoble) (Picture: A. Manecy)