The RMIT course aims to teach students how to manage drones and flying robots

Chuck Martin, Editorial Director AI & IoT

August 28, 2023

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A drone is flown for recreational purposes in the sky above Old Bethpage, New York on August 30, 2015.
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A college course to learn how to create and manage automated flight and even estimate the inflight status of a flying robot is launching in September.

The course, Flying Car and Autonomous Flight Engineer, promises students will “master techniques in planning, controls and estimation,” states the college, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia.

“The future of transportation is here,” the university states in the course description, to prepare students to “be at the helm of a technological revolution.”

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The university says students will work with the quadrotor test platform and a custom flight simulator.

It promises to teach how to estimate the altitude and position of a flying drone, knowledge about sensors, GPS navigation, lift and drag and flying car motion planning.

Students are to learn how to write event-driven code to get a drone to take off, fly a predetermined course and land in a backyard environment.

The course is aimed at people who want to learn how to develop aircraft-ready code for quadcopter drones or those interested in autonomous flight systems or the future of urban transportation and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

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About the Author(s)

Chuck Martin

Editorial Director AI & IoT

Chuck Martin, author of "Flying Vehicles," New York Times Business Bestselling author and futurist, is Editorial Director at Informa Tech, home of AI Business, IoT World Today and Enter Quantum. Martin has been a leader in emerging digital technologies for more than two decades. He is considered one of the foremost emerging technology experts in the world and his latest book title "Flying Vehicles" (The Emergence of Personal Air Travel, Flying Cars, and Air Taxis) followed "Digital Transformation 3.0" (The New Business-to-Consumer Connections of The Internet of Things).  He hosts a worldwide podcast titled “The Voices of the Internet of Things with Chuck Martin,” where he converses with top executives from the companies driving the adoption of emerging technology.

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