I just filled the form, but I was missing "survey/mapping" under "What is your primary application area"...
Sorry, I thought that was in there. I will add it.
@Thorsten, added now
But I better don't fill it again to avoid bias ;-)
Hi Craig, I have a couple of questions, is this in connection with development for the Pixhawk 2? Or some other autopilot?
If it is another autopilot will it still be manufactured by 3DR or 3rd-party?
This is primarily in connection with the next generation of Pixhawk but there are a number of hardware manufacturers in Dronecode and the information will be used by all the hardware and software developers to create their next generation of autopilots. Some will be Nuttx based and some will be Linux based.
What I want is a core that is easy to tune - make it as simple and reliable as that of DJI - then give us the ability to take things further.
We've already done all that. Time to make it better
Hi there Craig, I am very interested in keeping up to date with the development of these autopilots... is there a community forum over at Dronecode?
I am signed up to some of the Dronecode mailing lists a I have to say that I am blown away by the momentum of the project.
So just to reiterate... very important hardware features include...
1 - Gimbal control (We want solo style smart-shots too!!)
2 - Aluminium Case with Internal Dampening
3 - Compatibility with Snapdragon Flight or equivalent companion computer hardware
4 - A decent set of connectors
5 - I want to forget about Telemetry modules, inbuilt WIFI is how I want to talk with my drone
6 - Continued support for standard PPM RC Tx/Rx setups
These core features are important, but the peripheral hardware is just as important. Something that is missing from the ecosystem is a decent 4-in-1 esc module (20A, 30A and perhaps 40A models) with a built in power module for the autopilot.
Maybe power options for gimbals and other additional hardware. This will go a long way to simplifying the overall design of a multi-rotor because power management options are very limited at the moment
If you take a look at the wiring chart I drew for the original Pixhawk you can see how these features would improve a setup: http://copter.ardupilot.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/02/Pixh...
Other core features would include transmitting a live video feed to Tower or equivalent apps...
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