Hey guys!

I'd like to know if any of you have any opinions on open source drones on the market. I'd like to write scripts and codes for drones to complete tasks and objectives such as continuously patrolling an area and landing back at "home" without ever touching a controller. The Solo Development Kit seems like a promising option as well as the AR Parrot drone, but I want to know what other kinds there are out there. Does anyone have any input for something like this? I don't have any requirements on design (quadcopter, octocopter, etc.), but I am very interested in something like this.

~(And pricing isn't a huge deal at the moment)

Thank you!

~Yabo

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you may be looking to write code for the wrong platform ! Store baut platforms are for particular market closer to toy recreational market than professional market. serous enthusiast do not use these platforms they use professional built custom platforms!  that use open platform like PX4 , pix hawk or Linux based Autopilot with RTK.   

"you may be looking to write code for the wrong platform ! Store baut platforms are for particular market closer to toy recreational market than professional market. serous enthusiast do not use these platforms they use professional built custom platforms!  that use open platform like PX4 , pix hawk or Linux based Autopilot with RTK."

          So what would you recommend aside from Pixhawk? I have been doing research, but like I said, I'd love to gain knowledge on other software and hardware that could help me complete tasks without manually controlling the drone

the proper thing to do is a market share assessment. some other guys in the pro marker is Multikopter, DJI, freefly 

Have a look at ardupilot and dronekit - this is pretty much the 'standard' for opensource tasks like you're wanting to do.  In fact depending on how detailed you want your tasks, you can do pretty much everything you're describing just with ardupilot and a GCS like mission planner, qgroundcontrol or apm planner2.

Try the modded Eachine H8quadcopter that runs an open source firmware which can be updated. Firmware provided by silverxxx from rcgroups has the ability to fly a acro, full source code is provided for experimentation.

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