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ESC in one chip

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emin Bu May 19, 2014. 7 Replies

Hi everyone,I recently got to know Phenox and it looks to me like it includes the ESC on-board (this M452 V343 *U68 IC). Check the…Continue


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Víctor is an ex-researcher at the center for Micro-BioRobotics of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) with two engineering degrees (EE and CS) who dropped his academical career to focus on Erle Robotics. His passion is to build a robotics platform that can inspire the future in this field.
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Towards ROS-native drones

Posted on October 14, 2016 at 3:00am 7 Comments

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Announcing the Erle-Rover Gazebo simulation

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 2:33am 7 Comments


Our team at Erle Robotics is glad to announce that the simulation for the Erle-Rover has been launched and open sourced.

For those that don't know it yet, Gazebo is a powerful real time physics simulator that allows the developers to…


First flight with the Raspberry Pi 3

Posted on March 2, 2016 at 4:19am 13 Comments

We managed to get our hands into a Raspberry Pi 3 and decided to give APM a try with it using the PXFmini. Here’s a walkthrough over some of the tests that our team conducted: …


PXFmini, an open autopilot shield for the Raspberry Pi Zero

Posted on December 28, 2015 at 9:30am 47 Comments

Following up with the PixHawk Fire Cape (PXF) series that was started a while ago, I'm happy to announce the PXFmini, an open autopilot shield for the Raspberry Pi. This autopilot shield allows anyone to create ready-to-fly autopilots with support for Dronecode’s APM flight stack priced at only 69 €. The shield has…


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At 4:47am on June 20, 2014, Tobias Simon said…

Hi Victor,

just heard about the BeaglePilot Project. Nice work!

We're following a similar approach here at PenguPilot:


Cheers, Tobias

At 5:06am on June 20, 2014, Víctor Mayoral said…

Hey Tobias!

Thanks for reaching out. PenguPilot looks really nice!
It seems you guys are doing a great work :).

How about joining paths?. We should definitely  push together a common project. BeaglePilot is building over ArduPilot and it is being pushed by some of the core-developers of ardupilot (with all their expertise) and companies such as 3DR, Google and BeagleBoard. According to what I've read it seems both PenguPilot and BeaglePilot share many key objectives. We are quite active at drones-discuss Google Group. Feel free to reach me, we can discuss further discuss this matter.



At 5:20am on June 20, 2014, Tobias Simon said…

Hello Victor,

PenguPilot has the goal to be platform-independent through some hardware abstractions. We managed to fly vehicles based on the Rapsberry PI, the Gumstix Overo and the Odroid U3 board (Quad-core quad-rotor; yeah!).

Some of the device drivers (GPS, remote control, ADC's) are not part of the main controller process (autopilot) but use ZeroMQ / Protobuf / MessagePack for IPC, similar to ROS.

I will definitely check your project and source code in detail :-)

Nice work! Tobias

At 5:24am on June 20, 2014, Víctor Mayoral said…

Hi Tobias,

Although BeaglePilot has started with the BeagleBone, eventually we want to create a platform-independent Linux autopilot as well. It's true however that at the time we're focused on BeagleBone-based boards.

Odroid U3 seems promising. Too bad it's not open hardware.



At 5:25am on June 20, 2014, Tobias Simon said…

BTW: here you can see our system flying. 200Hz control loop, 1GHz Cortex A8, ~20% CPU load.

Gumstix Overo and Linux based PenguCopter from Tobias Simon on Vimeo.

The system uses GPS + ultrasonic position control in this flight.

Cheers, Tobias

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