We've been dropping hints about the forthcoming Linux-based versions of APM/Pixhawk. Here's another glimpse of the future, using the forthcoming Pixhawk Fire "cape" (like an Arduino shield) for Beaglebone Black. Victor Mayoral Vilches explains the BeaglePilot project, which is a Linux-based autopilot for flying robots. It was a project selected by BeagleBoard at the Google Summer of Code 2014.
BeaglePilot project aims to create the first Linux-based autopilot for flying robots using the BeagleBone and the BeagleBone Black as the “hardware blueprint”. For this purpose the project will focus on integrating ArduPilot (most popular autopilot) in the BeagleBone (Black). The main tasks performed will be userspace drivers development, the Robot Operative System Integration (ROS), web IDE exploration and security assessment. The BeagleBone cape “PixHawk Fire Cape” and the robot “Erle” will be used.