Best quad platform for development

Hi, 

Could somebody please advise what would be the best developer's platform for high end R&D purposes, such as autonomous flying, running ROS packages, multi vehicle testing? I am currently considering either 3DR Solo or DJI Matrice 100. Money is not an issue, but I really need an on-board computer, very stable platform, and an SDK. 

I've been comparing Matrice vs Solo and seems like DJI has full support for ROS, which is really great. 3DR, however, does not have any documentation on how to integrate ROS for their on-board yocto linux distro and their support team said it's not coming any time soon... Also, I am aware about Erle copters, which is not an option due to very poor stability. 

Would be great to hear feedback from someone who was developing on Solo or Matrice or any other platform. 

Thanks!

You need to be a member of diydrones to add comments!

Join diydrones

Email me when people reply –

Replies

  • Developer

    Running ROS is dependent on the onBoard computer you are running, You can use a RapberryPi/Odroid/Tegra etc for that. 

    see http://dev.ardupilot.com/wiki/odroid-via-mavlink/ but there's a lot on that site that should help.

    The matrice is $3000, out that's going to hurt when you crash http://store.dji.com/product/matrice-100

    There's any number of cheaper platforms that are available http://copter.ardupilot.com/wiki/choosing-a-frame/

    Solo is an interesting choice, but it expensive also, and it doesn't fit your 'multi vehicle testing" requirement. It's also very new, so not so many examples of how to use the onboard linux computer, but there is documentation here http://dev.3dr.com

    • Thanks for your reply. It would be best to get off-the-shelf package because the project time constraints require me to focus only on development rather than tinkering with hardware or DIY kits.

      'There's any number of cheaper platforms that are available http://copter.ardupilot.com/wiki/choosing-a-frame/'

      Do you mean the 3DR complete kits? Can't really find anything from Ready to fly category. 

      Another thing worth mentioning - last month I was in an exhibition (UK) where some transport companies where showcasing UAV uses. All 3 of them were working with Matrice 100. 

      Thanks!

This reply was deleted.

Activity

DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @SahikaGenc: AWS DeepRacer & Hot Wheels Track https://youtu.be/4H0Ei07RdR4 via @YouTube
Sep 14
DIY Robocars via Twitter
Sep 8
DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @davsca1: We are releasing the code of our Fisher Information Field, the first dedicated map for perception-aware planning that is >10x…
Sep 8
DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @SmallpixelCar: How this works: 1)object detection to find cones in single camera image, 30 frames/sec on @NVIDIAEmbedded Xavier. 2)comp…
Sep 8
DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @SmallpixelCar: Use two color cones to guide the robocar. No map needed, on onsite training needed. Just place the cones and it will fol…
Sep 7
DIY Robocars via Twitter
Sep 7
DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @roboton_io: Great to see http://roboton.io running at 60fps on the cheapest #chromebook we could find! #edtech #robotics #educat…
Sep 3
DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @openmvcam: Crazy in-depth article about using the OpenMV Cam for Astrophotography: https://github.com/frank26080115/OpemMV-Astrophotography-Gear https://t.co/BPoK9QDEwS
Sep 3
DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @openmvcam: Hi folks, it's finally here! Our first draft of our Arduino Interface Library is out! It works over SoftwareSerial, Hardware…
Sep 3
DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @chr1sa: Please let them have an open API. This would be perfect for @DIYRobocars races https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/1301513099707658246
Sep 3
DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @SmallpixelCar: Lanenet pretty much used all my GPU power on @NVIDIAEmbedded Xavier since I optimized with tensorRT. I need to run anoth…
Sep 3
xemone liked Max Gilson's profile
Aug 31
DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @LyftLevel5: Our @kaggle competition on Motion Prediction for Autonomous Vehicles is now live! Experiment with the largest-ever self-dri…
Aug 24
DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @chr1sa: Our next @DIYRobocars virtual AI car race will be on Sept 26th. Sign up here https://www.meetup.com/DIYRobocars/events/272786977/ https://t.co/UENKGSOWO8
Aug 24
DIY Robocars via Twitter
New ready-to-run @NVIDIAEmbedded JetRacer car from Waveshare. Perfect for the next @diyrobocars race as soon as we… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1297960223013867520
Aug 24
DIY Drones via Twitter
RT @chr1sa: The US government just approved 5 US-made drones for purchase, all based on the @Dronecode @PX4Autopilot standard. Great news f…
Aug 20
More…