Flying Car and Autonomous Flight Engineer Nanodegree
Master autonomous flight software engineering skills as you build your career in flying cars and drone robotics.
SKILL COVERED3D Motion PlanningControlsEstimationKalman Filters
JOB OPPORTUNITIESTechnical Assistant UAVUAV systems engineerInstrumentation & Control Engineer
PREREQUISITESSubstantial experience programming in any languageIntermediate-level programming experience in Python or willingness to learnIntermediate-level programming experience in C++ or willingness to learn (including knowledge of memory allocation, classes, and references)Basic Linear algebraCalculus (derivatives and integrals)Probability and statistics (mean, variance, and probability distributions)Basic Physics (basic mechanics including knowledge of kinematics, dynamics, and torque)
CLASSROOM OPENS20 March 2019
DURATION4 monthsWe recommend 10 hrs / week
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Why Take This Nanodegree Program?
In this program, you’ll learn from world-class experts, write aircraft-ready code, and tackle real-world challenges ranging from emergency aid to fleet coordination. You’ll master controls, planning, and more. In an increasingly congested world, flying cars look to the skies to provide smart transportation solutions that benefit us all.
Flying cars will return 8 billion valuable commuter hours to U.S. drivers!
Learn from instructors who are leaders in this transformational field. Work with the pioneering thinkers who are actively creating the next-generation of autonomous flight systems.
Work with Udacity’s custom-built flight simulator, and benefit from personalized guidance as you port your code to actual drones and contribute to open source projects.
Master cutting-edge skills in controls, planning, and more. Start writing your own code to solve the real-world problems experts in the field grapple with daily.
Discover rewarding opportunities through our many hiring partnerships, and with the support of our dedicated Careers Team. Gain access to a professional network of experts and advocates.
- 3D Motion Planning
- Kalman Filters
What You Will Learn
Flying Car Curriculum
You’ll learn the core concepts required to design and develop robots that fly. You’ll work with the quadrotor test platform and our custom flight simulator to implement planning, control, and estimation solutions.
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4 Months to complete
To optimize your chances for a successful application to our Flying Car Nanodegree program, we’ve created a list of prerequisites and recommendations to help prepare you for the program curriculum.See detailed requirements.
Learn about our quadrotor test platform, work in our custom simulator, and build your first project—getting a quadrotor to take-off and fly around a backyard!
3D Motion Planning
Optimize 2D solutions using waypoints, then scale solutions to 3D problems. Apply these skills by autonomously navigating your drone through a dense urban environment.
3D MOTION PLANNING
Moving a flying vehicle requires determining appropriate low-level motor controls. Here, you’ll build a nonlinear cascaded controller for your drone system.
BUILDING A CONTROLLER
Utilize sensor fusion and filtering. Design an Extended Kalman Filter (EKF) to estimate attitude and position from IMU and GPS data of a flying robot.
[Optional] Fixed-Wing Aircraft
Learn the dynamics of fixed-wing flight and apply what you’ve learned by writing code to control a fixed-wing aircraft in simulation.
NEED TO PREPARE?
We recommend the Intro to Self-Driving Cars Nanodegree Program.
— SEBASTIAN THRUN
Learn with the best
Nicholas Roy is a Professor in the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, at MIT. He also founded Project Wing at X.
Angela is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), and an Associate Director of the Center for Aerial Robotics Research and Education (CARRE) at the University of Toronto.
As the founder and president of Udacity, Sebastian’s mission is to democratize education. He is also the founder of Google X, where he led projects including the Self-Driving Car, Google Glass, and more.
Raffaello is a Professor of Dynamic Systems and Control at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He is also the founder of Verity Studios, and a co-founder of Kiva Systems (now Amazon Robotics).
Jake is a PhD Candidate in AI at Stanford University focused on robotics, perception, and human-centered design. Prior to serving as Product Lead at Udacity, he founded an early-stage food-technology startup and consulted on flying cars.
Sergei has a PhD in MechE from ETH Zurich and a BS in ECE from Cornell. He brings experience from projects such as industrial drones, self-driving cars and controls testbeds. He is a TED Fellow and founder of Fotokite.
Andy has a bachelor’s degree in physics from MIT, and taught himself to program after college (mostly with Udacity courses). He has been helping Udacity make incredible educational experiences since the early days of the company.