The obective of the sFly project is to develop several small and safe helicopters which can fly autonomously in city-like enviroments and which can be used to assist humans in tasks like rescue and monitoring.

sFly is funded by the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 231855.


  • ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • INRIA: Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique, France
  • TUC: Technical University of Crete, Greece → Leaving project by 31st December 2009
  • CSEM Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique SA, Switzerland
  • ATG: Ascending Technologies GMBH, Germany
  • CERTH: Centre for Research and Technology, Hellas → Entering by 1st January 2010

The project started on January 1st 2009 and will be finished by 31 December 2011. 

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Search and Rescue of Victims in GPS-Denied Environments

Demo proposal of the sFly European Project (2009-2011)

The demo simulates a search and rescue operation in an outdoor GPS-denied disaster scenario. No laser, no GPS, and Vicon or other external cameras are used for navigation and mapping, but just onboard cameras and IMUs. All the processing runs onboard, on a Core2Duo processing unit. This video gives an overview of the existing modules being used for the final demonstration. The mission consists of first collecting images for creating a common global map of the working area with 3 helicopters, then engaging positions for an optimal surveillance coverage of the area, and finally detecting the transmitter positions.