Víctor Mayoral's Blog (28)

Towards ROS-native drones

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Added by Víctor Mayoral on October 14, 2016 at 3:00am — 7 Comments

Announcing the Erle-Rover Gazebo simulation

 

Our team at Erle Robotics is glad to announce that the simulation for the Erle-Rover has been launched and open sourced.

For those that don't know it yet, Gazebo is a powerful real time physics simulator that allows the developers to…

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Added by Víctor Mayoral on April 21, 2016 at 2:33am — 7 Comments

First flight with the Raspberry Pi 3

We managed to get our hands into a Raspberry Pi 3 and decided to give APM a try with it using the PXFmini. Here’s a walkthrough over some of the tests that our team conducted: …

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Added by Víctor Mayoral on March 2, 2016 at 4:19am — 13 Comments

PXFmini, an open autopilot shield for the Raspberry Pi Zero

Following up with the PixHawk Fire Cape (PXF) series that was started a while ago, I'm happy to announce the PXFmini, an open autopilot shield for the Raspberry Pi. This autopilot shield allows anyone to create ready-to-fly autopilots with support for Dronecode’s APM flight stack priced at only 69 €. The shield has…

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Added by Víctor Mayoral on December 28, 2015 at 9:30am — 47 Comments

Erle Robotics "blanco" for Erle-Brain 2.0

Following our previous iteration, and after receiving feedback from the community our team is glad to present "blanco" Debian Jessie image from Erle Robotics. This image valid for Erle-Brain 2 chances include:

  • Matplotlib…
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Added by Víctor Mayoral on November 26, 2015 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

Raspberry Pi Zero launched, towards < 60$ Linux autopilots?

Announced a new Raspberry:

Today, I’m pleased to be able to announce the immediate availability of Raspberry Pi Zero, made in Wales and priced at just $5. Zero is a full-fledged member of the Raspberry Pi family, featuring:

  • A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
    • 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi…
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Added by Víctor Mayoral on November 26, 2015 at 2:00am — 48 Comments

PixHawk Fire Cape 2.0, an open hardware multi-platform shield to build Linux-based drones

Erle Robotics has taken much from this open hardware environment that has been created around the Dronecode Foundation. There are many individuals and groups that helped or contributed in some way and among them i believe it's worth mentioning two groups:

  • The PX4 team led by Lorenz Meier which has truly been an inspiration…
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Added by Víctor Mayoral on November 10, 2015 at 4:42am — No Comments

Erle Robotics "azul" for Erle-Brain 2.0

Listening to the feedback provided recently we (at Erle Robotics) have decided to start new batch of releases about the  Debian-based operating system that our brains wears. The image includes:

  • Latest APM binaries for copter, plane and rover included (service launches copter by default)
  • mavros preinstalled and launched at init…
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Added by Víctor Mayoral on November 8, 2015 at 8:26pm — 4 Comments

Crawl around our offices with Erle-Spider

As some of you may know, we’ve designed Erle-Spider to deliver an open, low cost and Linux-based robot powered by ROS that hopes to bring robotics to many. To show it to the world…
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Added by Víctor Mayoral on October 8, 2015 at 2:00am — 7 Comments

Erle-Spider crowdfunding campaign

About a month ago we announced Erle-Spider, a drone with legs powered by Ubuntu with the Robot Operating System at its core and support/compatibility with MAVLink and other Dronecode Foundation tools. Over the last weeks we've been working very hard to launch Erle-Spider for an affordable price and today I'm happy to announce it's crowdfunding campaign.…

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Added by Víctor Mayoral on September 7, 2015 at 11:00pm — 16 Comments

Erle-Spider, a Ubuntu drone with legs powered by ROS

I'm happy to introduce Erle-Spider, a new drone with legs powered by Ubuntu that uses the Robot Operating System (ROS) at its core. 

Erle-Spider shows just how easy it is to build an essentially complex robot, when powered by our robotic brain (Erle-Brain) and adding…

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Added by Víctor Mayoral on August 7, 2015 at 12:36pm — 8 Comments

Drone education: A DIY Drone for DIYDrones

As someone who came from robotics to the RC side of drones I discovered that there were many things that I found not that well documented. The learning experience over the last 2/3 years taught myself and my team many things thereby a few weeks ago we decided to launch the …

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Added by Víctor Mayoral on July 12, 2015 at 11:44am — 6 Comments

Learning ROS series

Post updated to include new videos.

The Robot Operative System (ROS) is an open-source, framework for robot application development maintained by the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF).

A ROS system is comprised of a number of independent nodes, each…

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Added by Víctor Mayoral on June 16, 2015 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

Learning ROS series - 1

The Robot Operative System (ROS) is an open-source, framework for robot application development maintained by the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF). A ROS system is comprised of a number of independent nodes, each of which…

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Added by Víctor Mayoral on June 15, 2015 at 1:46am — 4 Comments

An app store for drones

As introduced previously, we've been working over the last months with Canonical to push an app store based on Snappy Ubuntu Core, the new distribution from Ubuntu that includes a marketplace where people is encouraged to put their algorithms and behaviors (even for sale).…

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Added by Víctor Mayoral on May 18, 2015 at 10:36am — No Comments

Erle-Brain v1.1: The most complete Linux autopilot

I’m delighted to introduce Erle-Brain v1.1 as the most complete Linux autopilot:

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Added by Víctor Mayoral on March 31, 2015 at 8:56am — 8 Comments

PixHawk Fire cape crowdfunding campaign

Here it is! Finally, the PixHawk Fire Cape (PXF) is ready for a wider audience and we've launched a crowdfunding campaign so that everyone can get theirs. We've been iterating through…

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Added by Víctor Mayoral on March 26, 2015 at 10:44am — 53 Comments

An autopilot with ROS support

We've been working towards improving ROS support and creating packages that people can use to build applications. Here's our current status:

Through mavros someone can have control of the autopilot from…

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Added by Víctor Mayoral on March 14, 2015 at 11:31am — 2 Comments

"hello drone" in the app store

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A few weeks ago we announced a partnership with Canonical to support the next generation of drones that will be connected to the internet, update automatically and will have access to an app store for drones. Following up with our passion for bringing Linux-based drones to the market we are happy to share that the first apps are starting to show up in the store and are freely…

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Added by Víctor Mayoral on March 1, 2015 at 6:56am — No Comments

ROSsifying an APM-based autopilot

Great stuff happening at Erle Robotics while we push our Linux autopilot, Erle-Brain, towards deeper and deeper ROS integration.

Here's Alex sharing with you some of the first packages we coded (video):

Some links:

- PWM: …

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Added by Víctor Mayoral on February 9, 2015 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

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