Companion Computer Working Group


Companion Computer Working Group

This group is dedicated to the discussion and development of software and information in configuring companion computers, also known as Single Board Computers or SBCs

This will allow configuration to use WiFi, LTE, 3G, ITSM band radios for connectivity to Ground Control Stations and in field computers. 

The aim of the group is to provide reference images for popular SBC by ODROID, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, NVIDIA and others. 

Topics to discuss will also include how to set up popular web cameras to stream live video to GCS reliably and with low latency.

Information learned will be updated and stored in the wiki

Hope this helps DIYDroners get past the first hurdles to discover new drones applications using these powerful compute engines that are cheaply available.

This discussion group is not promoting the use of any single vendor or product.

Members: 158
Latest Activity: Mar 30, 2019

Discussion Forum

Companion: TK1

Started by benbojangles. Last reply by Al French Aug 20, 2017. 10 Replies

Here is a progressive guide to using my Nvidia Jetson TK1 as a companion computer with an…Continue

Tags: MAVLINK, DRONEKIT, Companion Computer, NVIDIA, TK1

Looking for opinions on which platform to use.

Started by Nicholas Witham Jul 2, 2017. 0 Replies

Im after some opinions on whats the best companion platform for streaming HD video, visual follow me, GPS follow me, and visual object avoidance.I'm not a developer in any sense of the word, so…Continue

Companion: Pi 2/3/Zero

Started by benbojangles. Last reply by benbojangles May 14, 2017. 312 Replies

A discussion page to allow me to add my experiences using a Raspberry Pi 2/3/Zero V1.2/1.3 as a companion computer for Ardupilot/APM/Pixhawk flight boards. I will update my experiences as I learn,…Continue

Tags: Dronekit, image, files, Mavproxy, Mavlink

Why are we starting to use companion computers?

Started by Nicholas Witham. Last reply by Duffy Feb 21, 2017. 16 Replies

So I've been looking into companion computers now for a while, and haven't really been able to find what all the hype is.I just watched a video where you need an intel edison to read code to start,…Continue

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Comment by Nicholas Witham on June 30, 2017 at 11:02pm

Im after some opinions on whats the best companion platform for streaming HD video, visual follow me, GPS follow me, and visual object avoidance.

I'm not a developer in any sense of the word, so looking for a platform that's far enough along to have the functionality or apps already available.

Comment by Simon D. Levy on May 7, 2016 at 5:08pm

Nice work, Trond!  Kind of scary / cool, in a Terminator "skynet" way ;^)

Comment by Trond Hindenes on May 7, 2016 at 4:26pm

In case anyone's interested: I'm using an onboard RPi (Zero and 2B) to execute python dronekit code and run a webserver. Here's a test I did today (the first time I loaded the drone with a gimbal to shoot video). Connected to my phone I have a ublox m7 GPS that feeds positional data into the system. The whole loop (including GPS update frequency runs at 5Hz).

Erle robotics was also kind enough to send me a PXFmini shield for the RPi so I'll try and replace the pixhawk with that unit for testing as well. Fun stuff!

Comment by bijoux-de-lithotherapie on April 18, 2016 at 1:46am

Hi everybody :)


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