When we launched Solo back in 2015, one of its selling points was that it was based on the open source ArduPilot software, the project that…Continue
Lots of news and updates from the Dronecode team this month:
1) The Aerotenna OcPoC autopilot (video above) now supports the Dronecode/PX4 software stack!
● FPGA and dual-core ARM processors in…
Added by Chris Anderson on July 22, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments
It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 85,000 members! We're also more than ten years old!
Rather than simply give the usual monthly traffic snapshot, I thought I'd give the data for the whole decade, which tells quite a story.
When we got started ten years ago, the annual AUVSI student drone competition was dominated by commercial autopilots, such as Piccolo. Now it's almost entirely open source autopilots, led by ArduPilot (14 of top 20) and Dronecode/PX4 (3 of top twenty). I'm super proud of this having co-founded ArduPilot and now leading Dronecode. Only one commercial autopilot in top twenty --…Continue
I noticed that Digikey is now selling Honeywell's newest aerospace-grade IMUs, which cost $1,328 each (note that's just for the IMU; it's not a full autopilot). How do the specs of these aerospace IMUs compare to…Continue
It was well known that Edison was going to be discontinued this year, but Joule, which was just released, is a surprise. This is bad news for any autopilot board that uses Edison, such as Pixhawk 2.1, which will now have to move to another companion computer. (I'd suggest Raspberry Pi). From …Continue
Is it flattering that NASA uses a 3DR Y6 to teach "crash management" techniques? I'm going with yes! Register here.
ASA’s Langley Research Center is offering a free informational webinar on its autonomous…
Added by Chris Anderson on June 16, 2017 at 3:33pm — No Comments
Most drones would be lost without GPS. Not this one.
A drone developed by NVIDIA researchers navigates even the most far-flung,…
This kind of 2-motor vertical take-off plane was a PhD thesis 2 years ago, a TED talk 1 year ago & now it's a $150 toy. From…Continue
From the Dronecode release post:
We’re very excited to announce the release of PX4 v1.6, the latest version of the Dronecode Flight Stack (PX4 Pro). This firmware represents a huge…
Added by Chris Anderson on June 7, 2017 at 12:52pm — No Comments
Awesome post from Patrick Poirier in the OpenMV forums (OpenMV is my favorite computer vision board, and what I use on our DIY Robocars autonomous racers).
This week the Dronecode/PX4 team will release its biggest and best update, version 1.6. You can see a glimpse of the testing that went into it with our public test log server here.
Along with all the automated code and flight simulator testing, there are more than 100 hours of real-world…Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on May 29, 2017 at 12:09pm — No Comments
Excerpted from a new post at our DIY Robocars sister site:
It’s now possible to buy small scanning 2D Lidars for less than $400 these days,…
An Australian IT services company combined an Amazon Alexa and a service called "what3words" that translates GPS addresses into three unique words to create a MAVLink-compatible drone that can be commanded entirely by voice. The video can't be embedded, so see it …Continue
These aren't drones per se, but I can help but post this story by Owen Churchill in Sixthtone, which exemplifies the DIY spirit.
CHONGQING, Southwest China — Dismembered remote-controlled airplanes lie strewn across an…
From New Atlas, a writeup on new research from ETH and MIT:
Thanks to new research from MIT and ETH Zurich, however, it may soon be possible for drones to autonomously follow along with an actor, keeping their face framed "just right" the whole time –…
Added by Chris Anderson on May 18, 2017 at 1:16pm — No Comments
Congrats to Marco Walter, who won the the 2017 RoboMagellan competition at RoboGames with a rover that used Pixhawk + Ardurover + Odroid U3
Excerpt from the IEEE Spectrum article:
“Learning to Fly by Crashing,” a paper from CMU roboticists Dhiraj Gandhi, Lerrel Pinto, and Abhinav Gupta,…
Air Force came in second. Most seem to be using 3DR Pixhawks by the looks of the teaser video. Final video coming soon
I’m a huge fan of the …