Control quadrotors via a computer

I'm a master student in Systems Control Robotics. I'm currently starting my master thesis which involves a flying fleet of quadrotors. In fact, my goal is to program a fleet of quadrotors (up to 10 drones) so that they can take part in an art performance. Their behavior should be coordinated (spatially and temporally), autonomous (no human pilot behind them) and interactive (interact with the actors).

I plan to use a centralized architecture: I will get the drone positions from an external system (e.g. tracking system like Vicon, Optitrack or other methods), generate the trajectories with an external computer and send the control commands to the drones.  
My problem
I need to choose and buy the drones. But most of the drones I've seen so far need/require a remote control and their websites don't advertise whether it is possible or not to send them pre-computed control commands.
Do you know any drones that I could use for my project?

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

Join diydrones

Email me when people reply –

Replies

  • I am surprised no one has replied to you yet...

    You don't have to use the standard transmitter/receiver. The flight controller on the drone has a few channels as input and control, the input is usually PWM. Normally those input channels are connected to a receiver, but it does not have to be a receiver... Any microcontroller can give out PWM for example, an ARDUINO... but an even better option, use Raspberry PI 3, which runs Linux operating system, and has WiFi integrated. This is perfect for you since you need to control multiple drones with one computer; just connect all of them on the same network!

    There are already systems / boards that do this. For example this is shield that mounts of top of a Raspberry PI: http://www.robotshop.com/ca/en/navio2-autopilot-kit-raspberry-pi-2-...
    Most of these systems are quite expensive, so I can't imagine a person doing this without outside funding.

This reply was deleted.

Activity

DIY Robocars via Twitter
Sunday
DIY Robocars via Twitter
Saturday
DIY Robocars via Twitter
May 13
DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @f1tenth: Say hi to our newest #F1TENTH creation for @ieee_ras_icra next week in Philly. It’s going to be huge! 😎 🔥 @AutowareFdn @PennEn…
May 13
DIY Robocars via Twitter
May 11
DIY Robocars via Twitter
May 8
DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @SmallpixelCar: Noticed my car zigzagged in last run. It turned out to be the grass stuck in the wheel and made the odometry less accura…
May 8
DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @SmallpixelCar: Test my car. RTK GPS worked great. Thanks @emlid for their support. https://t.co/EkQ6qmjmWR
May 8
DIY Drones via Twitter
RT @chr1sa: @kane That's @diydrones circa 2009. Still have a box of those Canon cameras that we used to strap into planes, just like this.…
May 3
DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @chr1sa: Our next @diyrobocars race is going to be outside at a real RC racetrack in Fremont on May 28. Fully autonomous racing, head-to…
Apr 30
DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @f1tenth: Our Spring 2022 F1TENTH course @PennEngineers is coming to an end with a head-to-head race as a big finale. So proud of our st…
Apr 26
DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @DanielChiaJH: I wrote a thing! Throughout the development of my @diyrobocars car I've been using @foxglovedev Studio to visualize and d…
Apr 23
DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @SmallpixelCar: My new car for high speed. Low body, everything ( @NVIDIAEmbedded Jetson Xavier NX, @emlid RTK GPS, IMC) under the deck…
Apr 23
DIY Robocars via Twitter
Apr 21
DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @f1tenth: F1TENTH Race training setup @PennEngineers for our upcoming ICRA2022 @ieee_ras_icra competition. @OpenRoboticsOrg @IndyAChalle…
Apr 21
DIY Robocars via Twitter
RT @fatcatFABLAB: Proud to be hosting a restarted DIY Robocars NYC Meetup April 26. Come by if you want to talk about and race self-driving…
Apr 17
More…