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ROS Robotics By Example by Dr. Thomas L. Harman, Carol Fairchild

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Introducing Hector Quadrotor

The hardest part of learning about flying robots is the constant crashing. From learning flight control for the first time, to testing new hardware or flight algorithms; the resulting failures can have a huge cost in terms of broken hardware components. To answer this difficulty, a simulated air vehicle designed and developed for ROS is ideal.

A simulated quadrotor UAV for the ROS Gazebo environment has been developed by the Team Hector Darmstadt of Technische Universität Darmstadt. This quadrotor, called Hector Quadrotor, is enclosed in the hector_quadrotor metapackage. This metapackage contains the URDF description for the quadrotor UAV, its flight controllers, and launch files for running the quadrotor simulation ...

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